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Lovely Digits’ Layer-out of the Dead Heroine

By Jeanine Englert To celebrate having 200 Amazon Reviews for my first book, Lovely Digits, I thought I’d highlight one of the most interesting facets of research I discovered while writing the book back in 2017-2018. That aspect was that … Continue reading

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Using Core Wounds in Your Stories

By Jeanine Englert In February I did a talk at my local writing chapter. My focus was on how to improve the first line, page, and chapter of your book. In it I discussed one of my favorite ways of … Continue reading

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Starting the New Year with My Favorite Female Sleuths

By Jeanine Englert Insightful and resourceful woman? Check. One that can also solve murders, too. Yes, please. I love a feisty female sleuth as much as I love a good man of mystery, so I have decided to devote my … Continue reading

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Unexpected Hero

Two or three books ago I introduced a secondary character. He wasn’t the hero. He was the competent, mild mannered younger brother who followed up on the heroism of others to clean up the mess left behind in the wake … Continue reading

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Not So Perfect

It is interesting to give some thought to the physical aspects of a character. We have become accustomed to heroes and heroines looking perfect, with bulging muscles and flawless skin. So many movies demand of their actor’s perfection in face … Continue reading

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Modest Proposals?

Like a lot of people, I’ve spent an approximate total of thirteen months of my life daydreaming about that perfect marriage proposal. Sometimes the fantasy involves firelight and chocolate, while other scenarios feature a stage, hot spotlights, and the din of five … Continue reading

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Giving Characters Unique Voices – Elle Hill

Imagine a scene in your book in which an inspector asks three different characters the same question: “Were you there last night?” As authors, our job is to make each character’s voice distinctive enough that adding “Jose said” or “Jae … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan– Lessons on story depth learned from a painting

Recently I was at a house, looking at a painting on the wall. It was a wooded scene with lots of trees, created to look like an autumn forest. What really caught my eye wasn’t the trees, but a tan … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan: Including details in your writing

Quick question: what are your hands doing right now? One answer is they are probably scrolling the mouse down the screen of this article. Yet what about your other hand, the one not needed for scrolling right now? What were … Continue reading

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LARYNGITIS!!!

Good morning soulies. What’s the first thing you think when you read the word above? Sickness? Sore throat? Loss of voice? In MOST cases you would be absolutely right. After all, laryngitis is inflammation of the voice box from overuse, … Continue reading

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