Unbelievable UntitledTown keeps things hopping

It always feels good when you’re surrounded by people who enjoy the things you do. That’s what really made the second annual UntitledTown so awesome for me. I had a single workshop at last year’s event, but this year saw me giving a solo presentation and sitting on three panels. About a week earlier, I …

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A return to UntitledTown means more participation, exposure

I participated in my first book festival last year. It was a fledgling festival called UntitledTown and took place in Green Bay, about 30 minutes east of where I’m living. I figured I had just as much of a chance as any other author of being accepted into the festival, as organizers were hoping to …

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Authors have to take a stab at evolution when writing

People who read series enjoy seeing the characters evolve, grow into something, make improvements, suffer setbacks and more. Many of us evolve in real life—not all, but many—so it makes sense that our favorite fictional characters do the same. I just finished the first draft of A Murder Shatters Peaceful Valley, and in taking a …

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Writing doesn’t always leave time for reading

Writing leaves little time for reading. It would seem like writers would spend their non-writing time reading. However, the stack of unread books on top of my bookcase tell a different story. I will occasionally see a book on the websites I frequent or the bookstores I visit and buy it, telling myself I can’t …

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Inspiration can strike with an open palm or a pair of brass knuckles

Inspiration strikes you at the strangest times. Many times, it’ll be when you’re ill-prepared to follow the story down the garden path. I’ve had many occasions where the roadmap for my story suddenly became crystal clear, but by the time I could get to my computer to start typing, the illuminate links in my story …

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