Category Archives: Writing

Chasing a MacGuffin

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You probably all know what a MacGuffin is. In case some of you don’t, this is a quick intro into one … Continue reading

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One culture or all of humanity

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sometimes, people assume that what is traditional for one cultural group is traditional for humanity. Or should be. It is a … Continue reading

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Free fiction – does it work?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A couple weeks ago, TOR publisher offered its readers/subscribers a delightful treat – 4 free Martha Wells’ sci-fi novellas about Murderbot. … Continue reading

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About deus ex machina

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Recently I read a novel by one of my favorite fantasy writers. I’ve already read several of her books and loved … Continue reading

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What color is your hero

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Racial diversity in fiction – I wrote about this controversial topic before. Unfortunately, it raises its head again and again, in … Continue reading

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About an enchanted elephant

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OPTIONAL QUESTION: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish … Continue reading

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Series recap in romance

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lately, many genre writers took to writing series, three, four, five books, sometimes up to twenty or more. Some authors write … Continue reading

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Kindle or paper

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I recently re-read a novel Arabella by Georgette Heyer, a delightful historical romance by one of my favorite writers. The novel … Continue reading

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Killers and what we think of them

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OPTIONAL QUESTION: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story? MY ANSWER: A homemade bomb. In my short … Continue reading

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The size of your gift

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I recently read Kurt Vonnegut’s 1987 novel Bluebeard for the first time. The book is powerful, and it touched on a … Continue reading

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