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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:┬áSome 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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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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