Category Archives: On Becoming a Writer

I admit it! I’m scared to share and scared not to. Could I hear from you?

Fellow readers and writers: I hesitate to share, because I know it will be ripped apart. I hesitate not to share because I know this will be a great vehicle for learning. I take the plunge.  Would you please leave … Continue reading

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A Little Bit About Publishing Contracts

Originally posted on Deborah Cooke & Her Books:
I was asked recently by a new author to have a peek at a contract offered to her and thought that a general post about pitfalls might be welcome. I’m not a…

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Cyndi Lord, author and writing instructor continues discussion of POV. Are you learning as much as I am?

Cyndi Lord is a bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and has traditionally published six novels. She has spoken to writers in events across the USA, and teaches writing classes.   Eileen: Thanks, Cyndi for joining us again to continue our study of … Continue reading

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Cyndi Lord joins Booktalk with Eileen discussing the novel-crafting element Point of View (POV)

Before I turn this blog over to Cyndi Lord, let me share something about my writing journey. One day early 2014, I completed my first novel’s manuscript through the NaNoWriMo challenge.  I wrote furiously, finished the story and necessary number … Continue reading

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Interview with Mystery Novelist Margot Kinberg: Elements of Crafting Stories–Character-Building, Dialogue, Point of View

I’ve been quiet for a while. (whispering) Working on my first chapter of the book I haven’t titled yet.  But more on that in my next post.   Today, please welcome Margot Kinberg! Margot Kinberg’s Bio: Margot Kinberg is a … Continue reading

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How To Create a Fascinating Cast of Characters – From the Writers in the Storm Blog — Author Don Massenzio

by Angela Ackerman Let me ask a question: how much time do you spend crafting a character for your novel, say a protagonist? Ten hours? Twenty? Fifty or more? Whatever you answered, I bet we all agree that characters require … Continue reading

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Interview with Author Mary Morgan: Her approach in developing characters

E: Today, we have Mary Morgan joining us.  Welcome, Mary!  I am captivated with your characters – from reading the Order of the Dragon Knight’s series to the Legend of the Fenian Warriors series.  You can’t imagine my devastation when … Continue reading

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Interview with Karilyn Bentley, an author who writes Fantasy with a Touch of Funny! She tells us how she creates her wonderful characters.

E:  Today, we have the pleasure of welcoming an author who uses the tagline Fantasy with a Touch of Funny — Karilyn Bentley!  Karilyn is here to answer some questions I posed her about how she develops her characters. I … Continue reading

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Interview with Amy Jarecki, Multi-Award winning and Amazon All-Star author, discussing elements of crafting a novel

E: Thank you for joining Booktalk with Eileen today. Amy Jarecki is one of my favorite authors as readers will note if they use the sidebar in the blog to type your name into ‘Looking for a particular review, author … Continue reading

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My Big Takeaway From Studying Crafting Dialogue is…

A lot hinges on good dialogue.  If it sucks, your story will. This is the last blog I’ll be posting on crafting dialogue.  It has been a very pleasant part of my journey.  I never realized how much a writer … Continue reading

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