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My Writing Process Blog Tour

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WB Terrien writing processWelcome and thank you for stopping by during the Writing Process Blog Tour. It’s a fun opportunity for us writer folk to not only share a bit about how our writing process works (and it varies from writer to writer to writer), but also to look a little more closely at our own process and make sure we’re being as efficient and productive as possible. Or as much as ...

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Tools for Writers: THE EMOTION THESAURUS

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THE EMOTION THESAURUS: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, is one of the best writing tools I’ve discovered. Angela and Becca run the fab website, Writers Helping Writers. 

Are you sometimes challenged with showing versus telling? This book is for you.

Do you find yourself using the same body language over and over again when you’re ...

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Failure is Your Friend

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Failure leads to success

The road to Success goes through Failure.

You have failed.

I have failed.

For most of us, failure is a tough thing. The arrows in this photo show success is a different direction than failure. That’s wrong. Those arrows should be pointing the same direction.

Fear of failure paralyzes people and discourages the desire to try. And why? Because failure is powerfully negative. We believe someone may think ...

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What’s In an A Name?

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bigstock-calligraphic-letter-A-isolated-33798626Between critique groups, writing contests and feedback for friends, I’ve read a lot of writers’ work lately. And the thing that jumped out at me, over and over, is the fact that the majority of those stories have characters whose names start with the letter A.

Andrea

Amanda

Ava

Adriana

Alexander

Andra

Autumn

Asha

Atef

Amara

I’ve met them all.

And I’ve used two of those names myself.

So what’s the deal? Why are names that start with the start of the the alphabet so ...

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You Are Creative. Yes, You Are.

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This was posted by Randy Ingermanson last week and I want to share it here. And this applies to everybody, not just writers.

Your Creative Superpowers

If you’re a human being, then you’re creative.

If you’re a novelist, then you’re very creative.

There are actually a number of different ways to be
creative. Most novelists excel at some of them. Most
novelists are weak in others.

I like to think of the various modes of ...

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Crime Scenes – Did You Know?

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I attended the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference a few weeks ago. It was informative and social and fun. I could give you a report on all things writerly that I learned, but there have been plenty of posts about that already. Instead, I thought I’d share some tidbits from one particular workshop: Mock Crime Scene. If you like crime shows, you might find some of these nuggets interesting.

Did you ...

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Book Review: FALLING IN LOVE WITH JOSEPH SMITH by Jane Barnes

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Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: Finding God in the Unlikeliest of PlacesFalling in Love with Joseph Smith: Finding God in the Unlikeliest of Places by Jane Barnes
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is a review of the “uncorrected manuscript for limited distribution.”

I was very interested in reading this book. Having grown up in Salt Lake City as a non-Mormon, I was curious about what would bring ...

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Book Review: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Brad Parks

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The Girl Next Door: A MysteryThe Girl Next Door: A Mystery by Brad Parks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a review of the Advanced Readers’ Edition.

Carter Ross is an investigative reporter for the Eagle-Examiner and decides to write a human interest piece on a fellow employee who was killed in a hit-and-run accident while delivering newspapers. Ross discovers all is not as it seems, this is ...

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Summer Break? Not Really.

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This has been a long, hot, smoky, burny summer. In Colorado we’ve had a record number of days in the 90s, way too many wildfires, an amazing (in a bad way) hail storm that took out our roof and 35,000 others in the area, and, much like the rest of the country, drought. Too much drought. Blech.

That’s enough to want to take the summer off from blogging. Right? Plus the fact ...

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Book Review: PRAGUE FATALE by Philip Kerr

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Prague Fatale (Bernard Gunther, #8)Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first Philip Kerr/Bernard Gunther novel and I was not disappointed. It’s an entertaining read with plenty of twists and turns. Also of note, while it takes place in Nazi Germany and certainly addresses the atrocities committed during this time, it’s not *all* about the gas chambers and horrors and darkness. Kerr ...

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