Category Archives: Craft

Two New Courses Scheduled!

Send to KindleAttention Fiction Writers: Major announcement! I will be teaching not one but two online Next Level Workshops this fall and winter. The first will be One Good Scene, which will begin on Thursday, November 3, 2016. There’s a … Continue reading

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BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS

Send to Kindle  There’s a scene in one of the Harry Potter books in which Ginny Weasley looks up from her seat in the Great Hall and remarks, “There’s Harry. He’s covered in blood. Why is he always covered in … Continue reading

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Revising Fiction

Send to KindleLadies and Gentlemen, an announcement: The next online “Revising Fiction” workshop has been scheduled to begin on August 13 and is now open for registration. This workshop is for writers with a complete draft of a novel or … Continue reading

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ONE GOOD SCENE

Send to KindleAttention Writers! I promised you a major announcement, and here it is. Before I gave it up to write, I was an editor and a literary agent for many years, and I still mentor many writers. Consequently I’ve … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Silence: How I Nearly Gave Up Writing

Send to KindleI’m delighted to welcome Jenny Elliott to In Cold Ink. Jenny is the author of SAVE ME, a delightful blend of paranormal and romance. She’s also a lovely person and, I’m proud to say, a former student of … Continue reading

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WHAT I LEARNED FROM J. K. ROWLING

Send to KindleGood writers never stop learning their craft, and the best teachers are other writers. My most recent lesson came from J. K. Rowling, a.k.a. Robert Galbraith. Very few books in a lifetime of reading have delighted me as … Continue reading

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An Overnight Success In Four Years

Send to Kindle   It’s been a while since my last post, due to a combination of issues. I had a “quick, easy” medical procedure that turned out to be quick and easy for the doctor, while carving a month out … Continue reading

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The Biology of Fiction: Putting Stimulus Before Reaction

Send to Kindle  Before we were writers, we were readers; and to understand how fiction works, we must first understand what happens to us when we read fiction.  When we immerse ourselves in an absorbing story, the real world fades … Continue reading

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What To Do Once You’ve “Finished” Your Novel

Send to KindleEvery once in a while, I come across a blog post so informative that I just need to share it. Jo Bourne, for those of you who don’t already know her, is a critically acclaimed writer of historical … Continue reading

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Completing the Circle: From Idea to Book to Audience

Send to KindleIf you’ve ever gone to a writers’ conference, chances are you’ve met Elizabeth Lyon. As the author of half a dozen widely-read guides to the craft and business of writing, including The Sell Your Novel Took Kit: Everything … Continue reading

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