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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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Details to Use in Describing Characters

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, writing today about the challenges of finding just the right descriptive details to make characters, even the minor ones, distinctive for the reader. Although it is possible to write about someone without ever describing their … Continue reading

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Jigsaw-Puzzle Therapy

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, today sharing my theory that doing jigsaw puzzles is beneficial to mental health. It’s no accident that my husband has a retirement business specializing in making wooden jigsaw-puzzle tables, or that I gave that same … Continue reading

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One Scene at a Time

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, blogging today about what, for lack of a better word, I’ll call the milestone I aim for when I sit down to begin my day’s work. I gather I’m a bit of an oddball. Most … Continue reading

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Murder Without the Gore: Part III

Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett here, finishing up my take on traditional (including cozy) mysteries. You can read part one here and part two here. This segment offers my (often highly opinionated) answers to some frequently asked questions. Why are traditional … Continue reading

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Rethinking Plots

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, thinking about plotting, and how it is a rare writer who can plan the entire novel in advance and stick to that plan from start to finish. If you are one of those lucky few, more … Continue reading

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Breathing Space

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, musing today about the most useful trick I’ve learned in over thirty years of writing novels—giving myself breathing space between drafts. Deadlines being what they are, this isn’t always possible, but whenever I can manage … Continue reading

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