Tales Dark and Light

Terms like "Chick Lit" and "Romance" suggest light reading, though these genres include serious stories as well.  Other book categories automatically call up visions of brooding characters, bleak settings, and…

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Dialogue

One online guru I know has advised writers to avoid using a lot of dialogue in a book.  But being a person reliant on auditory as well as visual input,…

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Thoughtful Characters

Stories have an advantage over real life in one respect:  Writers can express what the characters are thinking―at least the primary characters if not all of them.  Sometimes this is…

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So Many Books!

I am astounded, and humbled, when I see the long, long list of books written by some authors.  Diana Palmer and Nigel Tranter come to mind, although they are by…

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