Category Archives: five senses

Captivating Characters

One of the best ways I can think of to create a character who captivates the reader is to become that character. But it’s not that simple, because suppose you become a dull, boring person? Yes, it could happen. So … Continue reading

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Creating Strong Characters

To me the most important thing before you begin a new book is to get to know your characters. I don’t like charts or outlines, but there are other ways to do this. And you can do it as you … Continue reading

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Writing Hair Raising Suspense

Before we get into writing hair-raising suspense, let’s determine the difference between suspense and mystery, because that’s important. In a mystery the hero pursues the killer, in a suspense a killer pursues the hero. Well, that’s pretty simple, but a … Continue reading

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Voices

It’s interesting the subjects I’m asked to speak on when invited to conferences or other writer’s meetings. Point of view is right up there because so many novice writers aren’t sure what it is or how to handle it. Probably … Continue reading

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Spring brings out Five Senses

Saturday I spent the day teaching writers at an all day workshop on a mountaintop south of my home. The redbuds and service berry trees were in full bloom, presenting red and white clouds over our Ozarks. A cool spring … Continue reading

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