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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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There are several wonderful methods for developing a story. The one I have found most useful is The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson (aka The Snowflake Guy). Why do I find this one of the best methods out there? Because … Continue reading

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Just the title of this blog is enough to make me want to go take a nap. I mean, really, this is awfully technical stuff for a creative writer. (Do I hear an “AMEN?”) Still, they are the only way … Continue reading

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