Avoiding Deus Ex Machinas: Stop Making Life Too Easy For Your Characters, by Clare Dugmore
  I was working on a new chapter of my web serial novel, All It Takes, recently when my husband (who edits my story) complained that the events happening within the chapter were too convenient and were resolved too quickly. As illustrated in the above screen cap, he didn’t approve of my main character, Megan, […]
Writing A Novel With More Than One POV, by Clare Dugmore
What do George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Anne Rice’s The Queen of the Damned, The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer all have in common? For one, each book/ series has had a film or […]
Writing Rewards: The Importance of Incentives, Part 2, by Clare Dugmore
Writing Rewards: The Importance of Incentives, Part 2, by Vicki Keire Guess what, Internet? That writing project I wrote about last post, the one that’s been totally kicking my butt? Well, this week it got a little easier. It helped, last post, to focus on some of the reasons why rewarding myself can actually be […]
Writing Rewards: The Importance of Incentives, Part 1, by Clare Dugmore
Writing Rewards: The Importance of Incentives, Part 1, by Vicki Keire Go Ahead, Writers. Self-Gratify! Lately I’ve been struggling through a difficult writing project. I’ve reached a point where getting the words to come at all is like pulling teeth with slippery fingers—it’s awkward, ugly, and pretty much very little is coming of it. I’ve […]
Five Ways to Nurture Your Creativity, by Clare Dugmore
Five Ways to Nurture Your Creativity, by Vicki Kiere We’ve all been there, sitting in front of our computers, staring at a blinking cursor, hoping that this time we can push past the anxiety and uncertainty and just manage to put down some words on a page. Creativity can be a fickle beast, and even […]
It’s All in Where You’re Standing: Point of View, by Clare Dugmore
It’s All in Where You’re Standing: Point of View by Samantha Bryant Stories come from a lot of different places. Some writers begin with a character. Or a line. Or a plot point. A setting. Dialogue. A scene. Stories grow from many different kinds of seeds, which is part of why the garden of literature […]
X is for X-Rated Scenes, by Clare Dugmore
“Becky and Billy sitting in a tree. K.I.S.S.I.N.G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a golden carriage.”   A challenge many contemporary-romance writers face is writing the (sometimes dreaded) X-Rated scene. I’m sure many writer have played out a hot action between their characters in their mind, but putting it […]
L is for Lessons Learned, by Clare Dugmore
Whiskey-soused greetings, one and all! My name is J.P. Sloan, and the last two years have been one hell of a ride for yours truly. I signed the first two books of my Dark Choir series with Curiosity Quills in January of 2014. The first book, The Curse Merchant was released in September 2014, and […]
I is for I – As in Self: Writing in First-Person, by Clare Dugmore
A first-person narrative is a story from the first-person perspective: the viewpoint of a character writing or speaking directly about themselves. The narrators of written works explicitly refer to themselves using variations of “I” (the first-person singular pronoun) and/or “we” (the first-person plural pronoun), typically as well as other characters. This allows the reader or […]
G is for Gender Bending for Authors, by Clare Dugmore
I have often pondered why I prefer writing from the male POV. That has to be weird, right? As a woman, shouldn’t I feel more comfortable speaking as a woman? Shouldn’t I be more versed in what women think and feel? Although quite girly in real life, for some reason in fiction, I’m a tomboy. […]