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Let Me Share Some Bad Advice

Kate Flora: As we enter another writing year, and may be making New Year’s resolutions which include finally writing that book you’ve always dreamed of writing, I am here to help you along on your journey, by sharing pieces of advice … Continue reading

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Creating Drama

People often ask how I go about plotting my novels. How does one write a great thriller? Is there some trick to it? Well, as any mystery/thriller writer will tell you there is no trick. Creating a book that is … Continue reading

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But We’re Really Spying on You

Kate Flora: Some years ago, I was speaking to a high school class about writing, and I was talking to them about how, as writers, we need to train ourselves to be observant. “You think you are here to watch me,” … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Details

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here. Today I’m going to share one of the perils of writing a long-running series. I’m currently working on the thirteenth Liss MacCrimmon mystery and although I kept some notes on characters and setting as I … Continue reading

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Writing tip: It’s okay to let some of your darlings live

If you’re a writer, if you’ve been to even one writing conference, you’ve heard it: Kill your darlings. The quote is from William Faulker, though sometimes it’s attributed to Stephen King, who was quoting Faulker. I once heard it attributed … Continue reading

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The Pleasures and Perils of Sustaining a Long(ish)-Running Series

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, author of the recently published X Marks the Scot, number eleven in the Liss MacCrimmon series. The first Liss MacCrimmon mystery, Kilt Dead, came out in August 2007. Once a series has been around for … Continue reading

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Voyage of Discovery: Writing a Rough Draft

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, pondering the similarities between writing a rough draft and making a voyage of discovery. You know, like Columbus searching for a shortcut to the Indies, or Cabot looking for a northwest passage to the wealth … Continue reading

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