Throughlines

a recurring character/setting/element anchoring the reader in the story that keeps the reader interested I use throughlines in my own writing and mentioned them previously in Using One-Line Summaries to Write Better Stories and Writing Mentoring. Recent conversations demonstrated confusion; some people thought a throughline is the same as a plot line, some thought a … Continue reading “Throughlines”

The Alibi (A John Chance Mystery) – Chapter 1 (backstory)

Long Ago and Far Away…okay, starting in August 2022, I shared chapters from The Alibi. That lasted to mid-September when life and starting a new business got in the way. Life and a new business consumed more time than I expected. I still wrote – actually updated, edited, and got ready for publication my first … Continue reading “The Alibi (A John Chance Mystery) – Chapter 1 (backstory)”

Writing Mentoring

Next class runs 1-22 Feb 2023   As I wrote in Critiques: Online or via Email, let me ask you two questions which might save you some time before reading this page; Do you want to improve your writing? Are you willing to pay to improve? If the answer to either of those is No … Continue reading “Writing Mentoring”

Things to Bring Back in Books – Tables-of-Contents

  Jennifer “The Editress” Day sent me the above graphic from a Facebook group she’s in. She asked if I agreed with the list provided. That set off a wonderful exploration of my thinking on these topics and caused me to defend my opinions for my own benefit (which I now share with you). I’ll … Continue reading “Things to Bring Back in Books – Tables-of-Contents”

Things to Bring Back in Books – Series Numbers

  Jennifer “The Editress” Day sent me the above graphic from a Facebook group she’s in. She asked if I agreed with the list provided. That set off a wonderful exploration of my thinking on these topics and caused me to defend my opinions for my own benefit (which I now share with you). I’ll … Continue reading “Things to Bring Back in Books – Series Numbers”