And then my publisher said something that took me completely off guard, “When can we expect the sequel?”Read more
Use Up Those Leftovers!
By now you’ve probably eaten the last of the Thanksgiving turkey. I don’t know about you, but I love turkey—for about four days. Then I’m over it. The problem is waste. I hate to waste food.
You’ve probably guessed, though, that I’m not here to discuss Thanksgiving dinner. By “leftovers,” I’m talking about the words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes that lie on the proverbial cutting room floor when you’ve finished your last revision.
Last day of NaNoWriMo
Who Wrote a Novel This Month? According to various statistics, between 350,000 and 450,000 writers banged out a draft for NaNoWriMo.Read more
Jazz, Flappers, and Prohibition: Researching the Roaring Twenties
The Miss Demeanors are delighted to welcome Skye Alexander for a guest blog. As you will see, she is the cat’s pajamas. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to check out her new novel, What the Walls Know.Read more
Lies, Damn Lies, and Useful Misrememberings
In a very early draft of my first novel, A Dream of Death, one of my beta readers said of[…]Read more
Criminal Procedure for Mystery Writers
If your story includes a criminal prosecution, here is information you might find useful. Investigation Long before a case goes[…]Read more
Just finished reading Don Winslow’s new crime thriller, City on Fire, which I loved. Five stars. But as I wrote[…]Read more
Why Readers Care: The Mystery of a Flawed Yet Redeemable Character
Why do readers fall in love with flawed characters? Is there something about the ones readers love that is a common denominator?Read more
The Miss Demeanors Have News!
The Miss Demeanors Have News! Join us today as we welcome our newest blogger, Marni Graff!Read more
The Mystery of Desire
Why character motivations can be more important than plot, and how desire drives both. Read on for a handy chart to help if you’re stuck.Read more