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If you only read one book … The Silla Project

As some of you know, I spend part of my time editing works of other novelists.  Different editors have different strengths – mine is word flow and characters.  I try to make it so you forget that you are reading … Continue reading

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Review: The Silla Project by John C. Brewer

I read suspense novels for their tight, well-conceived plot lines, but it isn’t my favorite genre because the characters are flat and don’t change much. Well, author John C. Brewer has blown that out of the water with his new … Continue reading

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Writing 101: World Building

Having wrapped up the final edits to my novel Foreseen and taken a break for a couple of weeks, I find myself itching to get back to work – and in particular to work on an entirely different novel.  Sarandipity … Continue reading

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Breaking Out of the Box

I don’t like boxes.  They are a necessary part of intelligence and experiential learning – the ability to categorize objects, people, and ideas into groups that allow us to predict their actions and characteristics. It is how we know that … Continue reading

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A Master at Work

Recently, people have mentioned their dissatisfaction with the endings of any number of novels they’ve read – books that were well paced with compelling characters and settings and premises.  Good plots – until the end.  Just as the reader is … Continue reading

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Writing 101: Pinnacles and the Rising Sea

We think of pinnacles as desirable, the highest accomplishments or achievements.  We strive to reach “the pinnacle of success.”  But perhaps a pinnacle isn’t all its cracked up to be.  Or perhaps, there is something even better. I had this … Continue reading

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Writing 101: Real dialog ain’t real

The businessman rushed into his colleague’s office.  He stopped short in front of her desk, eyeing her before deliberately closing the door behind him.  The woman’s eyebrow’s raised.  “Sometimes…” he started, then paused, staring at her a moment longer. “Sometimes … Continue reading

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