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Villians never get old at GonzoInk

Last post on villains was so successful, gaining lots of attention and folks letting me know how much they enjoyed it, that when Deb Nam-Krane offered to do another, I said, “Absolutely.” No lie. So welcome her with  her own

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Writing Backwards to go Forwards

Or: it’s Water Witch Wednesday by Thea Atkinson I know some of you are looking forward to the release, and some of you are ambivalent, but I’m pretty stoked. I’m so close to the end, it’s ca-razy. Elemental Magic is

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cover reveals and book deals

Or: it’s Water Witch Wednesday  by Thea Atkinson Two bits of news for you today. First the exciting to you news: Tomorrow (July 26)  is my birthday! I can’t…or I’d rather not tell you how old I am, but I

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You like sneak peeks, don’t you?

Or: I’m pretty stoked that things are moving along nicely. by Thea Atkinson Hey all: This week, I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek of the opening for book two. Raw stuff, you know. First draft and all. But

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I need a book title and I want your help

Or: Things are getting tight to the launch deadline and I am braindead. Water Witch Wednesday by Thea Atkinson I’m about half finished the first draft of Book Two in the Elemental Magic Series and I’m still sorely lacking a

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Perfect Characters are Boring

The Good Guys Must Be Flawed by: Diane Tibert The main character – the hero – in the first novel-length story I wrote many years ago was perfect. He was strong, wise and handsome. He knew everything and controlled his

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5 more thoughts on Character Building: @dnkboston guests

More on Making ’em Real: Characters, that is By: Deb Nam-Krane I suspect I’m like many writers: the majority of my characters weren’t created by me but were fully blown people I “met”. They were doing something or responding to

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Balancing peripheral characters with main characters

I was thrilled beyond the beyond when I asked Vivienne Tuffnell to guest for me; I LOVE her writing and have two of her books to prove it. She is articulate, eloquent, and daggone encouraging to others: a real and

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Moving from nonfic to fiction

Moving from nonfic to fiction By Fred Vaughn After writing seven books over the years as a professor of Canadian constitutional law and political philosophy, on such arcane subjects as the Hegelian influences on the Supreme Court of Canada, I

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Got Villain? Use these 5 ideas to write him (or her) real

I love getting other writers’ takes on how they create their villains, especially when the temptation is to make them purely bad. As a character driven writer and reader, I want to pity them, hate them, and understand them all

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