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For years my first book sat in a drawer, never getting past Chapter Three. I had edited those chapters until there was no more to do. I was stuck. Then, someone told me about National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo for … Continue reading

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To claim a free personalized copy of Ravens Cove go to www.ravenscove.maryannpoll.com, click “Share” and follow the instructions. Being the author of three published books, I have done more book signings than I can count. When I first started, the pressure … Continue reading

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To learn how to claim a free and signed copy of Ravens Cove, An Alaska Iconoclast Mystery, go to www.ravenscove.maryannpoll.com and click on ‘Share.’ I love dialogue between characters. For this author, dialogue is the most fun part of writing. … Continue reading

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Check out the Alaska Iconoclast thriller series at www.ravenscove.maryannpoll.com Characters are the backbone of every story. It follows that they must be developed. More, they must be believable. So, how do I develop believable characters, you ask? Here’s a list … Continue reading

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 I have enormous respect for authors of reference books for other writers. There is one in particular that I go to time and again—The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood. If you are having difficulty beginning your novel, or if you’re … Continue reading

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