Back cover blurb for ‘A Very Black Cat’

Here it is, a different kind of back cover blurb that focuses on the town first and only gets to the main characters and the story halfway through. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome to Johns Falls, the small town in the northern Minnesota wilderness where everyone knows everything about everybody, often before they know it themselves. So it’s …

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How can I introduce and describe and multiple characters in the same room?

 It can be done, but it’s best to follow the rule of three. This rule exists because few writers are good enough to write a scene containing more than three characters without their readers becoming confused. So limit your scene to three characters or less if you want your story to actually be read and …

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What are the best ways to improve writing skills as a beginner?

I’m sure you’ll get this answer from all kinds of writers, but it bears repeating: Read, read, read. But zero in on the kinds of things you want to write because, after a while, you’ll start seeing patterns that will hold true for that kind of writing. Pay attention, even start jotting down what you …

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WRITERS MUST BE CRAZY

I definitely believe this, especially now. The thing is, I'm a writer. But: I absolutely cannot learn the technology behind internet marketing. I recently spent two days -- two whole days -- figuring out how to get a newsletter out using Mailchimp. Now, according to other writers, Mailchimp is easy to use. Takes a few …

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How can I motivate myself to finish writing a novel?

 By doing whatever you do to motivate yourself to do all the many things you don’t really want to do but must, including but not limited to: Putting it aside for a while and then returning to it, reading it, and realizing it’s better than you thought and deserves to be finished. Figuring out what’s …

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Have you ever felt that the story you were writing was not good? What did you do then?

 I feel that way about a lot of the stories I write. My current wip (work in progress) is an example. It’s a good story but thin and I have a word count to meet that requires more words than the story does! So I’m doing what I do in such situations and what you …

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How do I get started as an author of books that people buy?

I like that you asked about books people buy because writing a book  that sells is a whole different animal from writing a book for your own enjoyment: Read the best books in the genre you wish to write in. Choose a best-selling book in that genre and take it apart. How is it structured? …

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