Short story for my friends

Short story for my friends

Short story for my friends

A short story…you asked for it…. THE DILEMMA So, recently, I asked my friends about a short story that they would like to see. I got some very good answers. The problem with such an opening for others is: do you have time to do it? I must confess I do not. I am editing book three in the Mt. Moriah series and plotting book four. Between that and critiques for other writers, promotions of my work, and blogs, I just couldn’t sit down long enough to get anything written. I will do better I promise! But until that time,

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Attention span of a reader and how do I get it?

Attention span of a reader and how do I get it?

This is all about my latest WIP and how it starts with capturing a reader’s attention. People today have such a short attention span, a writer has to work hard to get their attention and retain it. SO, my current WIP, a Christmas story, begins with a problem. A big one and an emotional one to boot. Do you like books that start with trouble? I think that having conflict from the first page is really good. It catches the readers attention, it keeps them reading, and it is oftentimes fun to write. I didn’t always think that way though.

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Part five of The Whiteboard

Part five of The Whiteboard

Here it is! Part five! Good day friends! I hope this finds you happy and well. Are you enjoying these tidbits of story? I am having fun writing them. If you recall, the last time we met, Anne was frustrated to find the writer had turned her windshield into a new form of whiteboard. This time, she finds that even silence screams loudly when executed aright. THE WHITEBOARD part five by ┬ęKim Smith By the time Anne reached the highway, she’d worked herself into a terrible headache. She’d been having a lot of those lately and wasn’t too happy about

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5 Writing Errors You Need to Kill

5 Writing Errors You Need to Kill

Have you ever witnessed errors in a book and wondered how on earth that passed through the editing process? I have, and it was not only in a big-time published book, it has been in my own work as well. No matter how you go through editing, revisions, editing, revisions, sometimes typos come up. It happens. But there are a few things that SHOULDN’T happen in your work, no matter what genre you write in or how many books you have already put on the shelf. These errors just shouldn’t be allowed to exist. Stab ’em to death. Here are

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Five Actions to Beat Procrastination

Five Actions to Beat Procrastination

I think I have found about five actions you can take to beat procrastination. Procrastination is the action of putting off doing something, a postponing of a deadline.  Have you ever procrastinated? I think we all have. Especially in school. We didn’t really WANT to put in the work to finish that science project, or that history project. We didn’t want to work on that speech debate in college either, did we? Well, procrastination is my favorite friend these days. I mean I have been inching toward the third book in the Shannon Wallace mystery series. I selected a few

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