Writing Spots

There is a saying in business. Location. Location. Location. The choice matters for restaurants and retail. In Peoria, IL (most know it as the Center of the Known Universe), there is an oft abandoned spot near War Memorial Drive where restaurants open only to die months later. Prime example, folks normally flock in droves to […]

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This week, I've been working with Autocrit on two different works-a fairy tale and adult novel. Writers will try any tool they can to obtain feedback, especially prior to submission to a friend, colleague, editor, spouse, neighbor, or even random passerby on the street. This is a tool for handling what I call the void. […]

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Bright Lights, Big City

I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve never read this book before. Outside of the Michael J. Fox film, I didn’t even know it was a book. Movie branding can over shadow the original work. If you type the title into any search engine, you have to scroll half way down the page to find any mention […]

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Character Building

I’m a fan of Joanne Harris books. She tweeted out Ten Ways to Build Better Characters and thought I’d list them out for my own reference (she tweets so fast it’s easy to lose track): It’s OK to identity with your characters. But don’t assume your readers know them as well as you do. Your […]

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The Action Historical Magician Genre

Last night, I stayed up way too late and caught The Prestige on Netflix. It’s a story about two magicians trying to one up the other in the creation of the ultimate stage illusion. It was 2006. The magicians duel in Hollywood was underway. The Prestige vs The Illusionist. I think Woody Allen shoehorned a […]

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