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I’m deep in the throws of editing a book right now. It’s tedious. It’s time consuming. It’s also a critical step in storytelling. Ultimately, I think there are two levels in the editing process.

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‘The Designated Survivor’ was reviewed by Long and Short Reviews. They write: “It isn’t easy to reason with someone who is emotionally unstable. Injecting logic into a completely illogical belief system is even more difficult while you’re on the run and have no time to spare.

The pacing of this novella is fantastic. No sooner was I introduced to…

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This inaugural short story collection from PSG Publishing contains the work of fourteen authors from six different countries, covering every corner of the literary dreamscape. One of those stories, “Mina’s Sactuary,” was written by a WattPad friend, Tim McFarlane.

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‘The Designated Survivor’ was reviewed by Paul Little on his blog Little eBook Reviews. He writes:

“This is JC Gatlin’s first offering on KDP as far as I could tell and it is a relatively short ebook at around 93 pages. These two facts tell us that the author is on a mission to make a splash with a fast paced novel.

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I’ve put together a list of bland, generic verbs and suggestions that more clearly show what’s happening. These are just some random ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

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Your sleuth can be bamboozled, blindsided, only partially informed, or flat-out mislead by a trail of clues. Here are some techniques that enable you to play fair and, at the same time, keep the reader guessing.

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I’ve been considering this for weeks as I start writing a new mystery novel, and was pleasantly surprised when I saw Entertainment Weekly had published a sidebar about Villainous Archetypes. This is a description with examples of those archetypes, plus a few I added to their list…

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“How to Write a Page-Turner: Keeping the Reader in Suspense” Conducted by Vic DiGenti, Award winning writer & creative writing instructor at the University of North Florida

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I read Dean Koontz’ short story “Wilderness” today. Like all his books, it features an interesting, tortured protagonist and page-turning suspense.

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Writing a nail-biting mystery novel begins with putting together a solid outline. Sometimes, though, that’s easier said than done. Right? Here’s the outline I use when starting one of my murder mysteries. It follows the basic mystery genre formula but asks some questions to get the creative juices flowing. Character motivations, plot direction and the all important ending are established. Obviously, as the story is written, it may veer slightly to the left or right, […]

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