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Human Chimerism, Crime, and Writing (Part 1) New!

In the twenty-first century, we rely heavily on DNA. Law enforcement officials use it to catch criminals. Families use it to discover their ancestry. Parents use it to determine if their children may be at risk for a certain disability. But what if DNA was wrong? As...

Heightening the Senses: Has the Lockdown Made You More Aware of Your Surroundings? New!

I stood outside the other night, soaking in the cool night air, waiting for my dog to finish his business. Usually, it’s quick out and in and off to bed. Not tonight. The clear night sky was sparkling with stars, scattered across the distant universe,...

Character Names: Choosing the Right Name New!

I was reviewing a novel recently and the protagonist’s name just didn’t sound right. Jordan – the character, to me anyway, wasn’t a Parker. It was more a Rachel. At least, I thought so. I had a difficult time writing the review and using the...

Why Romance is the Genre For You New!

If you are passionate about writing and would like to make some money with it, then you might want to consider romance as the genre to go with. Romance is consistently a bestseller and the genre rakes in a billion dollars a year. Other genres...

The Seven C's

All good stories follow a typical pattern or structure and there are many well-known and well-regarded styles of structure promoted by story experts and experienced editors. If you research the subject you will find a reference to the way stories are divided into “Acts” –...

How Many Edits Does a Good Book Need?

How many edits does a good book need? Good question. And the answer is: More than you can possibly ask for or imagine. One of my avid readers (my fan club) is a retired English professor. I have asked him to edit my stories on...

Where To Find Story Ideas

A young relation once asked me where I found my story ideas. He was thinking of going into journalism at university. He was good at writing, but only when given an assigned topic. He had no idea where to begin, where to find his own...

Redefining Writing Success

I write a book every year, so why is it that I only have one traditionally published book to my credit, and that was way back in 2017? If I dwell too long on the amount of time that elapsed between novels, I feel a...

What Are Your Writing Goals?

Do you have any writing goals? Other than becoming a best-selling author earning big royalties, do you know what your writing goals are? Have you listed them somewhere? Or is this list in a constant state of flux? Well, for me, yes, I have to put...

The Personal Essay

Journaling has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. My grandmother kept a journal, using whatever notebook was handy. When she passed away, we found these notebooks in various different drawers and cupboards in her apartment. A real...