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Using What Ifs To Generate Story Ideas

I have (over the past two years) written several posts about the idea of using the phrase “What if” as an idea generator for developing a plot. What If novels are often about large historical events, Kennedy’s assassination, the D-Day … Continue reading

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What I’m Working on Right Now

A couple of weeks ago, a question was asked at the Fiction Writers and Editors Group at LinkedIn. It was simply, “What are you working on?” After I had responded, along with a hundred or so other writers, it occurred … Continue reading

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Writer’s League of Texas’ 2013 Summer Writing Retreat

At last summer’s WLT Agents & Editors Conference, in Austin, Texas (June 21-23, 2013), I was finally ready to seriously pitch my thriller, The Jagged Man. I thought the book was ready, too. I had been working on it for … Continue reading

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Writing Retreats

I’ve been to two writing retreats in the last six months, and they were both wonderful (and an extremely rare experience for me). I don’t know what your writing situation is like, but let me tell you a little bit … Continue reading

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Editing With Wordles, An Overview

Wordle.net is a website that can allow you to see which words you use the most in a document. More on it in a minute. At some point in the editing process, after the first draft (and maybe after the … Continue reading

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Getting Unstuck From the Dreaded Writer’s Block

You’re facing the blank page, and nothing’s happening (either in your mind or with your fingers). No words are appearing on the screen (I almost said “on the page,” but my tech-geek gene stopped me). Writer’s block has arrived. Or … Continue reading

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Painting the Caves as Writers

A few days ago, my wife, Minay, and I took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cave Paintings of Lascaux exhibit that’s running at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It will be here in Houston through March 23, 2014. It … Continue reading

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