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Behind the Scenes 12-29-09
December 30, 2009 at 1:55pm
"Almost every scene, I re-think as I'm about to start drawing it, and at least half of the time I'm changing dialogue or whatever, or adding scenes or different things." Chester Brown Behind the Scenes You’ve naile... [Read more]
Swing Into Action
August 20, 2009 at 8:14am
Swing Into Action I'm lazy. I haven't always been lazy, but I am now. Engulfed in responsibilities, swallowed by stress, smothered by self-doubt, I allowed laziness to park herself on my front doorstep. Then, she darted insid... [Read more]
Ann Rule's Book Signing
May 28, 2009 at 10:48am
“Try to open up your mind a little, and move away from rigid opinions of what people should do and be - unless you have been there. –Ann Rule During the third week in April of this year, I flew out west to a town called Gold Beach,(O... [Read more]
March 4th Action/Adventure NL
March 5, 2009 at 10:58am
Hiking. It's MY Action/Adventure! Never confuse movement with action." --Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) Readers love action. Scenes rich with physical struggles, verbal confrontations, and near death escapes. T... [Read more]
February 7, 2009 at 11:51am
Hiking, It's MY action / adventure. We’ve all heard how details bring home our writing. When you’re inserting detail, don’t forget about your story’s setting. "Detail makes the difference between b... [Read more]
December 28, 2008 at 6:18pm
Hey There: I'm Robin, and I'll be your guest editor for this week's Mystery Newsletter. Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it…” – unknown author Unfolding your mystery is easier than you think. ... [Read more]
Action Adventure - 12/10/08
December 11, 2008 at 2:00pm
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney How Did I Get Here? Plot, a.k.a. storyline, is the plan... [Read more]
Plot - Action Adventure
November 6, 2008 at 12:14pm
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him! - Ray Bradbury When we follow the hero, we follow the plot. As writers, we hope our plot is interesting, engaging, and, well let’s be honest –the best plot eve... [Read more]
Self-editing Action/Adventure 11-13-08
November 13, 2008 at 9:32am
"Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it... " -- Michael Crichton 1942 - 2008 Seven rewrit... [Read more]
My Funny Horror Comedy 10-29-08
November 26, 2008 at 7:43pm
HI, I'm Robin and I'll be your guest editor for this week's Comedy Newsletter With Halloween days away, I thought I’d hit on the mixing and blending of genres, scary/horror plus comedy. For me, funny/scary is ... [Read more]
Where is My Narrator? For Authors - 10-22-08
November 26, 2008 at 7:45pm
Hi. I'm Robin, and I'll be your guest editor for this week's addition of the For Authors Newsletter . "Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeli... [Read more]
The People in My Story - Action/Adventure NL 10-15-08
October 17, 2008 at 6:18pm
"Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one; it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives be... [Read more]
At the Heart of What You Know - For Authors
November 26, 2008 at 8:23pm
Writing from your heart. You hear it all the time: Write what you know. Lots of experts agree, writing what you know, your job, your family life, your personal experiences, gives a realistic feel…a believable feel to your work. R... [Read more]
Battling Distraction - Action/Adventure NL 9-13-08
September 20, 2008 at 10:34am
September 9, 2008 at 2:31pm
”Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.” —Neil Armstrong An important element in the Mystery Genre is “believability”. For those who read mysteries, it’s t... [Read more]
For Authors 8-27-08
August 27, 2008 at 9:57am
When you are describing a shape, or sound, or tint; Don't state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things With a sort of mental squint -- Lewis Carroll On Foreshadowing On Foreshadowing ... [Read more]
August 27, 2008 at 10:05am
There is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun. Gerry Driscoll, Pink Floyd, "Eclipse", The Dark Side of the Moon Symbolize This ... [Read more]
Give Me Funny Comedy NL 8-05-08
August 9, 2008 at 12:08am
”All you can eat tuna bar, here we come!” Give Me Funny For me, laughter eases pain, builds bridges, and softens hurt feelings. When given the choice between blood and gore of horror/scary, the death and pain of trag... [Read more]
Have a Ball Action/Adventure 7/23/08
July 29, 2008 at 3:18pm
I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures. - Earl Warren HAVE A BALL With the Olympics around the corner, I thought I’d touch... [Read more]
horror scary NL 7-16-08
July 17, 2008 at 1:15pm
Hi there! I'm Robin, and I'll be your guest editor for the Horror/Scary Newsletter this week. So, I’m not trying to discount advice from other authors who advocate the “make a plan” when it comes to writing ho... [Read more]
In the Beginning...
July 28, 2008 at 9:40am
In the beginning… "Beginnings are always messy." -- John Galsworthy The beauty about being an author is the complete and utter control we have when creating our stories. Even when stories seem to “write thems... [Read more]
Forces of Action
May 31, 2008 at 2:46pm
Hiking. It's MY Action/Adventure! The Driving Forces of Action "All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire." Aristotle I so... [Read more]