Greatness in a book of fiction ― Show, don’t tell?

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What makes for greatness in a book of fiction? Maybe this is a question impossible to answer for currently published books because only time can tell. I did read a book some time ago that I thought was the greatest … Continued

Losing Your Soulmate: Writing While Grieving

I started a book February of 2018, hoping I could finish it and publish it before the end of the year. But as I have said often enough, life intrudes, sometimes in ways you hope it doesn’t. How do you … Continued

When Writing, Like Painting, Is A Naked Art

A few years ago, I did a large canvas painting using sketches of models from an art class I attended. At first, I didn’t know where I should go with it. I’m an okay, but not a particularly gifted painter, … Continued

Add Details to Convey Character in Stories

Details convey character. They carry a lot of weight in fiction. “Often, a well-chosen detail can tell us more about a character — his social and economic status, his hopes and dreams, his vision of himself—than a long explanatory passage.” … Continued

Inner-Directed Heroines: Paying Homage to Austen and Gaskell

I sometimes feel like an anachronism because I prefer inner-directed characters. Characters I’m more likely to find in the classics. I also tend to be more moved by the prose and stories of classic writers. With some exceptions, for sure. … Continued

Book Reviews: Do You Live or Die By Them?

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Don’t you just love, get exasperated, get thrilled, even occasionally feel depressed at book reviews of your beloved creation? You pause, wallow in the feeling, and then, you tell yourself it’s as much about the readers as it is about … Continued

Hello Agnieszka Giveaway Winners

The Hello Agnieszka giveaway is finished. Thank you to all who entered. And thank you also to everyone who’s shown interest in any of my books by buying them, downloading them free during promotions or reading excerpts of them. Authors … Continued