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Howard Shipley
Writer of psychological thrillers by night, tamer of children and pets by day
Writer of psychological thrillers by night, tamer of children and pets by day
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So this week’s blog is brought to you directly from class. Do you believe in Writer’s Block? Have you ever hit this wall? I am very curious to hear any experiences or responses on this topic. Even in my small class, the discussion was varied. Let me first…
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My children were perusing some of my old papers several weeks ago when they happened upon some publications from my last years of high school and early years of college–just prior to my stepping away from writing for a long hiatus. Upon flipping through…
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After all, all any of us really want, deep down, is just to be able to sleep at night, right? To not be afraid. The rest of it’s just frosting. –Special Agent Bill Morrison, The Shadow Priest by D. C. Alexander
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It should be obvious to most that you can’t have a successful story without successful characters. What defines a successful character? While there may be many answers to this question, the one I want to focus on today is believability. In my opinion,…
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Rather than list every single book I am reading right now–I’m reading and rereading several–suffice it to say that my time is being consumed by school. This is my final term and we have developed a reading list based on our thesis novel. I’m going through…
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  You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different. — Neil Gaimen
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Once upon a time, many moons ago, I, in fact, was a Cub Scout. Of course, we rehearsed the motto: Be Prepared. This doesn’t apply just to Boy Scouts. Writer’s can benefit from this advice as well and it is easier today than ever to Be Prepared. While each…
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Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of…
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    If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut. –Stephen King
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