Writing Tips

WIP – I think I’ve GOT IT!

For those of you who have suffered through my previous two emails, I think I've finally created a first chapter like I want it. It still have some errors here and there, but the setup is what I have in mind. Also one of the wonderful things about the research for this new novel is… Continue reading WIP – I think I’ve GOT IT!

Pepper Basham, Writing Tips

REvised new opening

Okay -for those of you who gave me tips on my opening to my new WIP, here's a quick attempt at revision. It's a long excerpt from my VERY ROUGH first draft, but let's see if you like this better (to figure out the 'before' just go back to the last post) Layering and editing… Continue reading REvised new opening

Pepper Basham, Writing Tips

The Start of Something New

I LOVE starting new stories. That's probably the reason I have 12 started and only 4 finished. Yep. But I've made a new rule. I can't start a new one until I finish an old one. So....I just got to type out the first page of my new WIP. Here's where you come in -… Continue reading The Start of Something New

inspirational fiction, Writing Tips

Indiana Jones – Plotting like the Movies ;-)

I'm blogging at The Writers Alley today about plotting with Indiana Jones. Stop by and have a little fun with me and our whip-weilding hero. And join The Writers Alley for the next two weeks as we talk about story structure by using some of our favorite movies. It's Summer at the Cinema Meet Me… Continue reading Indiana Jones – Plotting like the Movies 😉

Christian authors, Writing Tips

Daggling the Reader by a Cliff

One of the hallmarks of a great story is the ability to keep the reader engaged. Now, of course, fantastic characters and riveting plots are the main contributors to fantastic novels. Conflict is another thing. But something else to remember in the grand scheme of a story, is the element of cliffhanging. What is a… Continue reading Daggling the Reader by a Cliff

Christian authors, inspirational fiction, Writing Tips

Sizzling First Encounters with Siri Mitchell

I've been a fan of Siri Mitchell's writing for years, and wait with anticipation for her next book. She writes in a mix of genres, but recently she's been writing a lot of historicals - and her latest one, She Walks in Beauty, is one of  her best. The romantic tension is great and the… Continue reading Sizzling First Encounters with Siri Mitchell

Fiction Book Reviews, inspirational fiction, Writing Tips

Sizzling First Encounters with Mary Connealy

Whether it's a man-hating woman, an insecure china doll, an orphan-turned-school teacher, or a knife-slinging wildwoman, Mary Connealy knows how to write strong women. Whether it's a red-headed gentle-man, a rough and tumble man down on his luck, a big-hearted keeper of orphans, or a determined loner who knows how to dodge knives, Mary Connealy… Continue reading Sizzling First Encounters with Mary Connealy

Fiction Book Reviews, Writing Tips

Sizzling First Encounters with Deeanne Gist

My.Oh.MY I'm in the middle of reading Deeanne Gist's newest book, Maid to Match and let me tell you...FABULOUS! I love the era (1898), the setting (Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC), and the characters. WONDERFUL! And very fitting that Deeanne's book just came out and has a brilliant FIRST ENCOUNTER - just for my blog.… Continue reading Sizzling First Encounters with Deeanne Gist

Christian authors, inspirational fiction, Writing Tips

Sizzlin’ First Encounters with Linda Windsor

Welcome, welcome to the first post of Sizzlin' First Encounters. For the next three weeks, get ready for some intense moments where the hero and heroine meet for the first time. What makes for a fantastic first meeting? What grabs the reader's attention between the first eye-gaze and forces us to keep turning the pages?… Continue reading Sizzlin’ First Encounters with Linda Windsor