Writing Advice: Filtering, by Matthew Cox, by Clare Dugmore
Filtering ― or, how to keep your reader at arm’s length by Matthew Cox I’ve been doing a fair amount of proofreading / light editing and have found myself talking about filtering a lot as of late. Readers may not notice filtering in the same sense it jumps out to a writer/editor, however, they will […]
E is for Editing, by Clare Dugmore
So you’ve written your masterpiece. But you know that’s not the end of it. You’ve heard lots of talk about crit partners, beta readers, and the importance of editing. There’s so much advice about editing, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start. While there is no one magic bullet to […]
D Is For Death: How NOT To Kill Off a Character, by Clare Dugmore
As writers, many of us have had to grapple with the fall out that often accompanies a character’s death. We want to remain true to our novel, but we may have to deal with reader’s expectations. While even the best death of a much-loved character doesn’t exactly make readers want to stand up and cheer, […]
Writing: Dialogue Mechanics,  by Matthew Cox, by Clare Dugmore
Writing: Dialogue Mechanics, by Matthew Cox Dialogue Attribution Characters in fiction writing often speak―let’s face it, a story would feel strange if the characters never said a word to one another. However, just throwing dialogue down on a page soon becomes a chaotic mess. Authors have a number of techniques at their disposal to control […]
Writing: Character Construction, by Clare Dugmore
 Writing: Character Construction by Matthew Cox Characters are the crux of a story. Regardless of the setting, the characters need to stay true to their sense of identity. Creating believable, memorable characters brings the reader deeper into the environment of a writer’s creation more than world-building alone can do. For me, nothing kills a story […]
Five Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo, by Clare Dugmore
Fall is my favourite time of year. Halloween, a change in temperate (and excuse to wear knitwear), the build-up to Christmas, preparing for the CQ anthology, and of course National Novel Writing Month. I’ve taken part in and ‘won’ NaNoWriMo twice, and the summer-time Camp NaNo once. I’d love to do it again this year, […]
Making Characters Real: Write What You Know, by Clare Dugmore
One of the most common pieces of writing advice is “write what you know,” and I’ve been thinking about this a lot in relation to authors writing outside of their race, gender, sexual identity etc. If the aim is to make characters real and believable, by writing what you know, how did successful authors like […]
Guest Post: GenCon 2014, by Clare Dugmore
Recently signed CQ author Samantha Dunaway Bryant made her third visit to GenCon in Indianapolis last week, and has agreed to share a little about the experience. I wasn’t born a gamer, though I’ve always like games. You might say I married into it, just like other women have married into golf or sail-boating or […]
Slow and Steady Wins the Race, by Clare Dugmore
Growing up, one of my favorite Aesop’s fables was The Tortoise and the Hare. The moral “Slow and Steady Wins the Race,” really stood out for me, because, although I was as smart as the other kids, I wasn’t as fast. My handwriting wasn’t great, so I took my time with it to make sure […]