To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Advice for Authors

Twitter is a powerful resource for writers. It connects you with others and helps build relationships. When I was first introduced to it, I felt like I was posting in the wind. Luckily for me, I found Krista Davis on Guppies, an online chapter of Sisters in Crime. Krista facilitated a workshop to help new users understand what this social media platform was all about. At the time, I had twelve followers and had posted ten tweets. She set up an online chat, and we asked questions, retweeted each other, and became accustomed to the platform and its conventions. I also found Debbie Ridpath Ohi's website on tweeting for writers. This is an excellent resource for beginners or experienced tweeters

Authors In Person

The first time I heard the adage “There’s a reason we are writers…”, I was with author friends. My original interpretation of the comment focused on lofty reasons, like that Homer and Milton are our ancestors, that our reading comprehension scores blast-furnaced aptitude tests, and that the Nobel and Pulitzer committees would surely be knocking on our doors soon. As my colleagues groaned and snickered, I realized my cogitations misread the direction of the comment. The desired sentiment was more akin to what I remember Garrison Keillor saying, “There’s a reason I’m on the radio….," a fun-poke on his looks, suggesting that while his strong, distinctive voice was well suited to radio, he had n

Setting the Perfect Murder

If you want to make a story fall flat, and get readers upset, then make a mistake with your setting. When I'm creating fiction, I remember that my paradigm affects my reactions, my decisions, my word choice, and even my thoughts. It influences how I see the world around me, and the way I write about it. My mindset is created in part by my setting, which includes cultural influences, education, and socio-economic stand. Mystery writing requires not only an apt for creating conflict on paper, but also an ability to dive into the research needed to make the crime pop and the solution fulfilling. Your mystery writing toolset contains a number of things, and when I am creating my own mystery, I r

Short Stories: They’re Back … and They’re Here To Stay!

Short stories went out of vogue for several decades when writers and readers turned their backs on these literary gems. But now shorts are back with a vengeance, due in large part to the e-book. Author and blogger Anne R. Allen says we’re in a new golden age of short fiction. See her complete post here. Do you write short stories? If so, you know how satisfying and enjoyable they can be. For those writers who are thinking of dipping their toes in these literary waters, here are just a few reasons to try this time-honored medium (Anne R. Allen offers twelve reasons): After struggling with your novel, writing short can give you a feeling of accomplishment; It helps you to hone your writing ski

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