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How to Write With Emotional Distractions
As you may have noticed, I have not been around much. For that I apologize. My life has been an emotional roller-coaster. After a few months of travel, I return hoping to get back to normalcy only to have my husband say he's moving out. Yes, I was incredibl...
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Great post Clarissa. I have both of Joy's books. And they are very informative as well as well written. Travel is the best for gaining knowledge and reading comes a close second. 
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Canadian Mystery Writers Encyclopedia: Alan Bradley
Biography :  Adam Bradley is a Canadian author who has written many books including the  Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Aw...
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I just finished reading a book about the brain that said basically "use it or lose it" snd that applies even in old age. They suggested taking up a new challenging project when you get older. That's what you're doing and it's a great inspiration to me. Hope you have a great year. 
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Reading Helps Prevent Prejudice
LeonidasGR / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Last year, I stopped in Jamaica as part of a seven-day cruise. I had heard horror stories about the country and so I was scared to leave the designated port area. According to "reports", every man would rape me and I would b...
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The Standing Desk and Creativity
You can see my mat and the tote I'm using. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Ha! Well, today I'm going to try to work standing up.  Why? The Benefits: (1) Health - According to October 2013 Vogue magazine, persistent sitting increases the risk ...
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I'm a mystery writer who drinks coffee. (It's a tagline, not a synopsis!)
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I am a writer, it's my craft and my passion. When I'm not writing I'm drinking coffee and thinking about writing. If I'm ignoring you, it's because I'm in another world.
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How to Write Historical Fiction » I am HR Sinclair

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Fiction Writing Tools: Joy of Revision

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LD Masterson: Cover Reveal - Flights of Fiction

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How To Write While Cleaning Your House | Mystery Writing is Murder

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How Does Superglue Fuming Work?

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Back Spatter from Gunshot Injuries

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Fuel Your Critique Group With Google+ | Author Media

Authors can use Google+ with their critique groups. We'll show you how.

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Spunk On A Stick's Tips: Conductiong a Book Blog Tour - Part II

After six blog tours of my own, there are a few things I have learned. This is a continuation from Setting up a Blog Tour. Dates are set, yo

Clarissa Draper: Interview with the Author of Oracle - J.C. Martin

(1) How long did it take you to write this book? Nearly three years. The first year-and-a-half was slow going, but as soon as I changed jobs

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Organize Your Book’s Front Matter — The B...

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Organize Your Book’s Front Matter includes a checklist of front matter items.

101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I

What if someone went through the biggest and best blogs on the internet, and pulled out the very best-of-the best tips for fiction writers?

Crime Fiction Collective: Re-hydrating Fingers at the Morgue

A lot of people believe that victims are identified by family or friends. We've all seen the movie scene where the mother, brother, or husba

.W.I.P. It: Tips for Writing the Perfect Pitch

Tips for Writing the Perfect Pitch. 'If you want to be a successful published author, you have to be your own best advocate and that sta

101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part II

What if someone went through the biggest and best blogs on the internet, and pulled out the very best-of-the best tips for fiction writers?

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

To me, one of the most interesting criminal behaviors is the act of returning to the crime scene. It seems so illogical. Why take the risk o

Single-action and Double-action Firearms

The terms single-action and double-action refer to the mechanism of ammunition cycling in a firearm. With a single-action weapon the shooter