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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Words

One of the strategems that romance writers often use to create drama and tension is the “Great Misunderstanding”–words or actions tossed out that create hurt feelings. In romance, this has become if not a trope, a cliché. This in and … Continue reading

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Knowing

I’m nosy. I eavesdrop on conversations in public places. I watch people. I want to know what’s going on. Why? Because I’m a writer. Writers are almost always students of human nature. We have to be. Yes, characters and stories … Continue reading

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Signs

Remember that old saying about stopping to smell the roses? When Only was little, we did that. A lot. We spent over an hour watching a cicada metamorph from a “beetle” into it’s winged version. The technical term for their … Continue reading

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Journey

I swear the Universe writes romance under a pen name. (If I hadn’t met her in person, I might suspect the Big U is actually Nora Roberts/JD Robb.) Today’s message explains how to write a novel in three lines with … Continue reading

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Character Arc

One of the first things a fiction writer needs to understand is the journey a character makes from the beginning of his or her story to the end. We here in the trenches call that the character arc. Interesting stories … Continue reading

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Pantser

Once upon a time, there were Plotters and Pantsers. The two peoples maintained a civil discourse but neither side truly understood the other. Then one day, in true Romeo and Juliet tradition, a Pantser and a Plotter sat down over … Continue reading

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Weather

Maybe it’s because I grew up in Oklahoma, or worked Search and Rescue, or…maybe I’m just a little odd, but I’ve always been attuned to the weather. *shrug* For whatever reason, I pay attention to it and don’t really understand … Continue reading

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