Writer’s Block-Busters: 7 Hacks to Get Past Your Writer’s Block
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by Anne R. Allen
4d ago
Writer’s Block happens to a lot of us. by Ruth Harris You hate your book. You hate your characters. The plot sucks. You have no talent and don’t know what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. On REALLY bad days, you even hate your computer which just sits there like a bilious toad and […] The post Writer’s Block-Busters: 7 Hacks to Get Past Your Writer’s Block appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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Action, Violence, and Business: Defining “Action” in Fiction Writing
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by Anne R. Allen
1w ago
  by Anne R. Allen In a comment on my post “A Little Less Conversation. A Little More Action Please,” Audrey Driscoll pointed out that novels that throw in a whole lot of combat and running from danger can be boring, too. She was absolutely right. In my response to her comment, I tried to […] The post Action, Violence, and Business: Defining “Action” in Fiction Writing appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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Fact and Fiction about the FBI: A Writer’s Guide
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by Anne R. Allen
2w ago
  by Kenneth Strange, Jr. As a former FBI agent and true crime author, I seem to be more in demand for speaking engagements than ever before.  However, to set the record straight, I will often begin a talk debunking FBI myths including the notion that we FBI agents have experience working in the realm […] The post Fact and Fiction about the FBI: A Writer’s Guide appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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“A Little Less Conversation; A Little More Action, Please” — Don’t Overdo Dialogue in Fiction
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by Anne R. Allen
3w ago
Dialogue is fun in fiction, but too much can be exhausting by Anne R. Allen Yes, I’m quoting an Elvis song (actually by his songwriters Mac Davis and Billy Strange) in a writing article. But the title is a good thing to keep in mind when you’re writing fiction. I recently paid money for a […] The post “A Little Less Conversation; A Little More Action, Please” — Don’t Overdo Dialogue in Fiction appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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Seven Ways to Write About Sex
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by Anne R. Allen
1M ago
  by Ruth Harris Into (almost) every book about grown-ups some sex must fall. How or even whether the details are described is up to the author, but for now let’s get beyond the nitty-gritty details of who-does-what-to-whom and what-goes-where. Instead, let’s consider some likely circumstances, consequences and complications offered by literary sex. 1) Or, […] The post Seven Ways to Write About Sex appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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Authors, Do You Fall in Love With Your Fictional Characters?
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by Anne R. Allen
1M ago
  by Anne R. Allen In a workshop I attended recently, several people criticized an author’s work because they didn’t approve of the way the protagonist behaved. They thought the character was morally deficient. First, this wasn’t good critiquing. It’s not the critiquer’s job to make moral judgements about another author’s characters. A novel full […] The post Authors, Do You Fall in Love With Your Fictional Characters? appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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Is Self-Publishing a Good Choice for Authors in 2024?
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by Anne R. Allen
1M ago
  by Anne R. Allen Talk about self-publishing has diminished in the last few years.  Most of the “Kindle Millionaires” that surged onto the scene a decade or so ago have evaporated from indie writing communities. Some of them are, of course, busy writing their next bestseller. But a lot either got traditional publishing contracts, […] The post Is Self-Publishing a Good Choice for Authors in 2024? appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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2024 Predictions in Publishing (100% Human-Written) by Agent Laurie McLean
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by Anne R. Allen
1M ago
  By Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary Publishing woke up from the pandemic years of big backlist profits and came out of the gate swinging in 2023. Publishing houses did not buy as many books as in 2022. (Anecdotally, I sold 24 books in 2022 and had a million-dollar sales month, but I only sold 4 […] The post 2024 Predictions in Publishing (100% Human-Written) by Agent Laurie McLean appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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Happy 2024! What are Your Writing Goals for the New Year?
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by Anne R. Allen
2M ago
  Happy New Year from Ruth and Anne! It’s been a great year here at the blog. We’ve had wonderful guests who’ve written posts on everything from the nuts and bolts of Becca Puglisi’s how to write a “redeemable” villain to Jim Denney’s inspirational piece on why AI is not going to replace human creativity. Ruth […] The post Happy 2024! What are Your Writing Goals for the New Year? appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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Happy Birthday, Mithra! Sol Invictus, too. Happy Be a Pagan Day!
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by Anne R. Allen
2M ago
  by Anne R. Allen Merry Yuletide! Every religion in the northern hemisphere celebrates the Winter Solstice in some way. Usually with lights to illuminate the darkest time of year, like the festival of Hanukah. In the snowy north, the European ancestors of many of us were cold and hungry, so they invented holidays to […] The post Happy Birthday, Mithra! Sol Invictus, too. Happy Be a Pagan Day! appeared first on Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris ..read more
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