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    The Soundtrack of My Writing Life

    The Soundtrack of My Writing Life

    The Soundtrack of My Writing Life By Annie Hogsett

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    “Where and how do you write? Office? Coffee shop? Laptop? Notebook? Magic pencil?” I love to hear authors answer these questions from readers. Like most humans, I’m a sucker for a hot tip. I figure there’s a secret out there ...

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    Just the Right Amount of Detail

    Just the Right Amount of Detail

    Just the Right Amount of Detail By David P Wagner

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    Screenwriters have a big advantage over those of us who write for print. That fact was brought home to me recently while watching one of the many excellent British mystery programs on PBS. A recurring sequence in these dramas: The ...

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    The Smart Detective Conundrum

    The Smart Detective Conundrum

    The Smart Detective Conundrum By Steven Axelrod

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    Fresh from binge-watching Jenji Kohan’s Netflix series, Orange is the New Black and looking for more of the same, I started on her earlier Showtime effort, Weeds. This show is every bit as wild and crazy and compulsively watchable as I ...

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    When Smuggling Meets Screwball Comedy

    When Smuggling Meets Screwball Comedy

    When Smuggling Meets Screwball Comedy By Wendall Thomas

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    I love Romancing the Stone. I love Charade. I don’t care that loving movies from the 80s, the 60s, or even the 40s (Bringing up Baby or The Lady Eve) dates me, because strong, screwball heroines, thrown out of their element, ...

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    How to Start Writing a Mystery Novel

    How to Start Writing a Mystery Novel

    How to Start Writing a Mystery Novel By Steven Axelrod

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    The hardest part of writing a mystery novel is starting. I have a friend who dreads launching into the actual text of his book so much that he’s been writing ever more complete outlines for more than five years. The ...

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    Found and Bespoke: When Mystery Writers Mislead

    Found and Bespoke: When Mystery Writers Mislead

    Found and Bespoke: When Mystery Writers Mislead By Steven Axelrod

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    People at book signings often wonder if there’s some trick or secret technique for writing a mystery. They ask about plot, as if that were the key. The plot is an engine, but engineering the spark plugs is the more ...

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    A Thief in Cleveland: Writing My Debut Novel

    A Thief in Cleveland: Writing My Debut Novel

    A Thief in Cleveland: Writing My Debut Novel By Annie Hogsett

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    Where do I get my ideas? I steal them. One of the metric ton of things I’m fussing about with the release of my first novel, Too Lucky to Live, is: What sort of questions am I likely to get ...

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    Diana Gabaldon Discusses “A Clash of Spheres”

    Diana Gabaldon Discusses “A Clash of Spheres”

    By Poisoned Pen Press

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      The following essay is by New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. This is one of the most entertaining, elegant and deeply emotional books I’ve read in years. (I’m tempted just to write “EEEEEEEEE!” to ...

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