Sit-Down with J. Carol Nemeth: Winged Publications’ Romantic Suspense Powerhouse

Do you ever wonder about the person behind the prose? What is it that makes words sing, moving you to turn pages? Pens don't write; people do! I do. That's why I enjoy getting to know the force behind the proverbial pens. No matter how advanced technology becomes, there's no bypassing the root cause of …

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Patience Bears Fruit: Building a Back List by Looking Back!

I'm loving me some David Austin ROSES! Check it out, peeps. The hedge is exploding. But careful tending is still required. I’m pruning deadheads to make room for new growth while exhausted blooms are put to good use. Am I making compost? Nope. Fun, fragrant, and great for a soak! Bath salts! I started making …

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Tudor History | Queen Mary I Of England’s Letters of Reconciliation To King Henry VIII

Dry my eyes or let the tears flow. I’m torn. This reconciliation of father and daughter–contrived as it was–saved the life of Queen Mary I of England. But it’s the motive behind the missive that strikes a chord.

The words of Catherine of Aragon — a steadfast WIFE and MOTHER as ever there were — will move the hardest heart.

Would that such a love of God and duty prevailed today.

Thank you HISTORICAL DIARIES for keeping us grounded.

Write on!

THE HISTORICAL DIARIES

Queen Mary of England was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. She was born at Greenwich on February 18th, 1516. Mary’s life was troubled early on with the public divorce and multiple marriage disasters of her father King Henry.

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Care and Feeding of Roses: Not Your Everyday Garden Guide

David Austin Lady of Shalott rose. I love, love, love it! Do you want to bloom? Reach your peak? Do you want passersby to stop and admire those showy blooms and drink in that intoxicating fragrance? It all begins with proper care and feeding. That’s right. Authors are like rose bushes, roots dug deep into …

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4 Things I Work On When I Start a Novel, Part 2

Are you still struggling with that new novel? Then check out Part 2 in René Penn’s “4 Things I Work on When I Start a Novel.” You don’t want to miss it.

She’s that good!

Write on.

René Penn

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Last week, I blogged part one of this topic. Please check it out, if you haven’t already, because the list below piggybacks on part one.

Here are four more things I work on when I start writing a novel.

1. Stuff That Can Go Wrong list

I created this concept after banging my head over ways to create tension in a previous story. I heard critique partners say, “Ramp up the conflict” or “Raise the stakes.” But I couldn’t figure out how.

Then I thought, what are some of the worst things that could go wrong for this character? And voila, the aptly titled, Stuff That Can Go Wrong list was born.

With a WIP, I work on this list after I’ve sorted out the Goal-Motivation-Conflict of the story. It’s an unedited, no-hold-barred, rambling mess of ideas that keeps the protagonist’s bum on the hot seat. It also helps me identify…

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4 Things I Work On When I Start a Novel

Are you starting your novel? Wondering where to begin?

Check in with my pal, René Penn, for a reality check on how to tackle that beast. Having a defined process is such a blessing. So take the load off and let your creativity fly.

Write on!

René Penn

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As I begin writing my next book, I thought it might be cool to share how I start the process. Also, I’d love to hear what steps YOU take when you start a new manuscript.

But enough about you. Back to me…

Screen Shot 2019-04-18 at 1.26.22 PM.png What was I thinking about? Oh yes, world domination.

With every new writing project, I’ve been fine-tuning my approach. I’ve got an attack plan now, and the list below is it.

Disclaimer: I’m no expert on writing a book and haven’t been published. Here, I’m sharing what I learn and struggle with as I work toward the goal of improving my craft and getting published.

There’s a bit of bad news with this list, though. I still struggle. It’s coming a bit easier. But there are things I’m working on that will, hopefully, make my manuscripts better.

1. GMC

Goal-Motivation-Conflict, or GMC for short. When I learned this…

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Mean Girls Unpacked: Analyzing Female-to-Female Office Bullying

Okay, so I blogged about crafting the perfect hero yesterday. Yeah. But, while I don’t want to bombard you, heroes without villains often fall flat. In fact, they do. With nothing to fight against, even Thor would end with a flabby sword arm and a rerun of old tales to tell. (Heaven forfend!)

Enter Sean C. Wright, multi-published and absolutely in touch with the mean-girl villain that often strikes outside the office. Extended family anyone?

Check out the details on your next villain–because girls can be just as cutthroat. The sweet smiles and lipstick aren’t fooling anyone. (And thank you Sean for this timely blog. LOVE it!)

Write ON.

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Meangirls

Every woman with a corporate American job has encountered this rattlesnake in high heels. She is cold or overly critical to certain female colleagues, or worse, both. She engages in gossip and triangulation. She thrives on other women’s tears and sleepless nights that she causes. She won’t just do her job and go home, and refuses to let other women do the same. Because she is addicted to drama like some are to Starbucks. She and others like her exhibit the flipside of toxic masculinity.

They are the office mean girls.

It’s a shame that we are disgusted with bullying, and have a zero-tolerance attitude about it among children in school. But for some reason, it’s still alive and well in the office. And this is not to say that men don’t bully. They do. We have all heard of – or worked for – the “abusive genius” or “brilliant…

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