Archive Monthly Archives: July 2013

Listen to some opening excerpts of great writing

No time to get a blog ready for today because I was working like a crazy person on book trailers. However, one of the ways to learn how to write well is to study good writing, so perhaps you might be interested in listening to me read the openings of nine of the 51 pieces […]

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Writers find ideas by exploring topics that interest them

Most people are passionate about something.┬áThat passion often leads them to learn a lot about that particular subject, and gives them a desire to pass on their knowledge or understanding to others. This is one of the most common ways people find their ideas. Out of their lives, and values, they think of something they […]

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Thinking like a professional writer

Some years ago, I was at a Bouchercon mystery convention where some of the world’s greatest mystery writers appeared on panels that covered a variety of topics. I forget which panel I was on, and I forget most of what I heard there. But one comment from one panel I attended stuck in my mind […]

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Writers find ideas from other people

Most of our writing revolves around people in some form or another, so it makes sense that many of our ideas come from people. It might be someone we know, or it might be a total stranger we happen to run across once. The idea could be as comprehensive as discovering something about your mother […]

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Top 10 reasons why you should write 10 short stories before you write a novel

I speak to a lot of aspiring fiction writers, and I find that the majority of them want to write a novel (or are already writing one). My advice to them is to write at least ten short stories first. Let me explain. Ed Hoch passed away on January 17, 2008, at the age of […]

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