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Playing Dress-Up

Originally posted to Flickr as Girl. By Ray_from_LA Yesterday was Halloween, which in addition to the trick-or-treaters and piles of candy, seems to call out some very strong opinions, especially all over social media. People who love Halloween and people who hate it. I’m probably somewhere in the middle, myself. …

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Writing What Scares Us: Awakening the Monster Inside

Photo credit: mythja A few months before The Fifth Petal came out, my agent remarked that she hadn’t been able to read the manuscript before bed because of the nightmares it invariably provoked. Her statement shocked me, as I didn’t consider it a very scary book. It was definitely dark, …

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What’s in a Name? The Case for Pseudonyms

Authors have used pseudonyms, or pen-names, since the beginning of well, authorship. It’s fairly likely ‘Homer’ wasn’t the real name of the poet who wrote the Odyssey and the Iliad—but nobody knows for sure! Famous authors as varied as Mary Anne Evans (George Sand), Eric Blair (George Orwell), Theodore Geisel …

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You are the Magic

Photo by Didgeman, CCO License Something happened when I sat down earlier this weekend to put finishing touches on what was supposed to become this post. Suddenly a topic to which I’d been so committed just days earlier no longer spoke to me. It was overshadowed, I imagine, by a …

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Should My Novel Become a Series?

Have you ever read a series that would have worked better as a single book? Or a standalone novel with untapped potential? When a story’s natural ending is ignored or overlooked, it can create an unsettling experience for readers. As indie authors, we don’t have agents to guide us on …

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Your Story Deserves More: Putting in the Time

I have a short post to share with you today with a small but rather important point. We need to take our time while crafting our stories, to say something meaningful, or to craft a story of which we’re proud, whatever that may be. I’ve just ordered a pain au …

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The Value Quotient — Your Core Story and Values

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash After finishing my most recent book, I had to call my mother and warn her that it features a mother she will not like—but that this person has nothing whatsoever to do with her. She laughed and said, “Oh, I know.” I often write …

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Auspicious Days: Musing on Childhood Readings

Flickr Creative Commons: Barney Moss It’s clearly an auspicious date. This Writer Unboxed post falls on the launch of my new novel, Marilla of Green Gables. It’s true, Jupiter and Mars are in alignment, the harvest moon has risen full, and the air is sparkling with autumn’s magic. Not that …

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Good Idea or Waste of Time?

Flickr Creative Commons: Alan Cleaver I had grand plans for my next historical manuscript. The idea was solid, the plot outlined, and an experimental first chapter written. I’ve read that chapter twice now. The voice is compelling, the writing a level or two above ‘crappy first draft’ and it is …

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Sarah McCoy and Marilla of Green Gables

We’re thrilled to help celebrate the release of Sarah McCoy’s latest novel, releasing this coming Tuesday, October 23rd: MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES! Sarah isn’t just a beloved WU contributor, she is a New York Times bestselling novelist. More from her bio: SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author …

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