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A Character Board Is An Asset To A Manuscript

Character boards can be a worthy time investment for an author planning a novel – especially the first one. Writer’s Digest says: “One effective way to create lively characters on the page is to create a character board first, enabling you to envision who your character really is.” Many writers use character boards when planning out the “people” in a novel. I did not include this resource when preparing to write my first novel. Frankly, in the beginning, I had no plan. I was winging it, all the way. If, over the years, you’ve read posts I’ve written about this subject, then you know how many mistakes I’ve made on this, my self-publishing journey. It wasn’t long into writing my first novel that I realized this story would work better as a series. With this mind, I finally began ...

Never Give Up On The Light Inside You

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

International Mystery: When The World Visits Your Blog

When I speak of “International Mystery,” I’m not referring to MHz’s excellent line-up of detective shows featuring Montalbano, Van Veeteren, Wallander and Maigret. What’s more, this post completely ignores those case-cracking inspectors, Morse, Lewis, and Lynley, who hang out over at BBC Television. Instead, I am using the word international to refer to the list of countries from which my websites have been accessed.  In alphabetical order, they include: Australia Canada China Cyprus France Germany India Indonesia Israel Peru Russian Federation Scotland Spain United Kingdom United States Getting To Know A Fellow Book Lover The mystery part of the equation is my curiosity about those people in faraway lands who have, accidentally or not, visited my sites. A part of me wishes I could g...