Don’t Muddle your Story

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After you’ve written your first (or second or third) draft, it’s time to go through your manuscript and cut out any unneeded words cluttering it up. Wordiness muddles your message, slows momentum, and drags an anchor through the forward movement of your story. Any of these can reduce tension, anticipation, and intrigue, all essential for […]

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May Newsletter

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I hope everyone is safe and doing well. I’ve gotten a few thousand emails from my readers asking why I haven’t finished the next Rebecca Watson Crime thriller. I know it’s been a long time coming and she’s definitely overdue for her next adventure. Minutes to Midnight is finally finished and is set to be […]

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The Kill Club

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I’m happy to announce my new novel, The Kill Club is available for preorder. Just click on the book below and it will take you to the link. The eBook and print versions will go live July 8th. Here’s a preview of The Kill Club Welcome to The Kill Club—an informal men’s club is set in […]

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Head Hopping

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One of the most difficult concepts for aspiring authors occurs when you bounce around from one character’s perspective to another, revealing the inner thoughts and feelings of multiple characters, without a proper scene break or clear signal. When you ping-pong back and forth between different characters’ viewpoints this is called head-hopping. Here’s a simple example. […]

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Show Don’t Tell

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What Does “Show, Don’t Tell” Mean? Good writing tends to draw an image in the reader’s mind instead of just telling the reader what to think or believe. Here’s a sentence that tells: Mr. Jeffries was a fat, ungrateful old man. That gets the information across, but it’s boring. Most writers who tell tend to […]

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