How can I write the first chapter of my fantasy novel as a scene that happened 8 years previously?

 There are two ways and either way works well: Write the scene as a prologue instead of as a chapter. It’s done all the time and it works great. The only thing to remember if you use this technique is not to make the prologue too long because, for some reason, readers are turned off …

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Why sailors like cats. (And why I like them, too.)

Cats are sailors' best friends. Have been for hundreds of years. Not only were cats welcome aboard British vessels to hunt mice, but sailors generally thought  a black cat in particular would bring good luck and ensure a safe return home. A few of these kitties have been enshrined in maritime history. Tiddles traveled more than …

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Black Cats. Gotta love ’em.

There's a lot to love about these black, fur-balls as evidenced by holidays in their honor. What, you say? Holidays just for a specific color cat? Yep. The ASPCA celebrates Black Cat Appreciation Day annually on August 17. In England, October 27 is National Black Cat Day. I mention these because my latest clean small-town …

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THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

“It’s the best thing since sliced bread.” Everyone knows that the standard of greatness against which all great things are measured is sliced bread. What you probably didn’t know (unless you live in Northwest Missouri) is that Missouri is the home of sliced bread. I’m not making this up! Of course, people have been cutting …

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Meet Brandi Boddie

MEET BRANDI BODDIE, AUTHOR OF CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORICAL ROMANCES, ONE OF EVERYONE’S FAVORITE FORGET ME NOT ROMANCE AUTHORS, AND ALL-AROUND TALENTED PERSON Okay, I admit it. They are all my favorite authors. But Brandi Boddi has some pretty impressive credentials in more than one area of expertise. So, though I love showcasing all kinds of authors, Brandi …

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Can we change the order of writing the sections?

Writers can and do write in any order they feel like writing. Most writers who choose to skip around and write sections out of sequence make sure that they first outline the complete work so they won’t be writing scenes that later must be eliminated or changed because they don’t fit. They are more likely …

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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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