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  • TOO FAR GONE
    If you didn’t know, TOO FAR GONE is out and has been since last week. I’ve just been really bad about blogging for the last year (or three!) so forgot to announce (though I did send out a newsletter!) TOORead more › Read Full Article
    Source: Allison BrennanPublished on 2018-11-08
  • Nanowrimo: Act I questions and prompts
    by Alexandra SokoloffNow that the U.S. has stepped back from the brink of hell and restored checks and balances to the country, I can breathe - and return to Nanowrimo prompts.Here are some questions and prompts to think about to help you finish off Act One (the first 100 pages or Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-11-08
  • New Books!
    Three New Books! THE WIFE is now out in paperback in both the US and UK.  Hardbacks can still be found, and of course audio and e-book versions are available with a couple of taps! Angela Powell’s seemingly perfect life is rocked when her high-profile husband is accused of sexual Read Full Article
    Source: Alafair BurkePublished on 2018-11-07
  • Happy Release Day, A THOUSAND DOORS!
    “Death hath a thousand doors to let out life: I shall find one.” — Philip Massinger I saw this quote years ago, and it sparked an idea. Now, over a decade later, you get to see what Massinger... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-05
  • Sunday Smatterings
    Hello, friends! What a week it’s been. Halloween was uneventful but terribly small this year, which meant Nov 1 was spent digging through the candy bowl, picking out my favorites, until I finally had... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-04
  • Nanowrimo: Narrative Structure Cheat Sheet
    by Alexandra SokoloffOn the eve of Nanowrimo, here's a road map (or cheat sheet!) for you, incorporating various elements of the Eight Sequence Structure, the Hero/ine's Journey, and other structure paths. I'll be posting questions and prompts throughout the month for Wrimos.But also I have something to say to writers who Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-10-31
  • Sunday Smatterings
    Hello, friends! Welcome to another Sunday. It’s a weekend of huge change around Casa Ellison. I’ve started the major renovation of my office. Five of the 6 bookshelves are in (we mis-measured and... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-10-28
  • Nanowrimo Prep and a battle cry for the midterms on St. Crispian’s Day
    Today is St. Crispian's Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. I thought I would post a couple of clips of one of my favorite Shakespearean monologues, to mark the day and as an example of a perfect SETPIECE SCENE, our next Nanowrimo Prep topic. We will go into Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-10-25
  • Nanowrimo: Three essential questions about your story
    by Alexandra SokoloffSo you've been working on your index cards to build your story (see HERE). Or maybe not! Either way, here are three questions that will help crystallize what you're writing.     What does your protagonist WANT?     What is her PLAN to get it?     Who and what is standing in Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-10-23
  • Sunday Smatterings
    Hello, friends! Happy Sunday to ye. It’s finally chilly in Nashville — we had our first fire this week. It was a fun week, kicked off in Charlotte, NC with the WNBA Bibliofeast. I met so many lovely,... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-10-21
  • Nanowrimo Prep: The Three-Act, Eight Sequence Structure
    Today we talk about maybe the most useful thing you can ever learn about story structure. If you read any post in this Nanowrimo Prep series, this is the one!(If you're just joining us today, you'll want to read this post first:         ) Get free Story Structure extras and movie Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-10-18
  • “Written in Blood” teaser for my episode
    Here’s the teaser for the episode of “Written in Blood,” where Simon Toyne and I explore the true-crime case that inspired my R&I novel, BODY DOUBLE. it will air in the UK on 10/23, and I’ll be live-tweeting during the episode, answering all your questions! WRITTEN IN BLOOD_S2_EPISODIC 2 – Read Full Article
    Source: Tess GerritsenPublished on 2018-10-17
  • Announcing the Suspense on the Edge of Romance Collection!
    When I first started writing, I never could have imagined my name appearing next to these luminaries. The Suspense on the Edge of Romance Collection includes ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS, the first book in... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-10-16
  • Nanowrimo Prep: Brainstorm your book with index cards
    THE INDEX CARD METHODby Alexandra SokoloffTwo weeks to #Nanowrimo. Are you panicking because you have only the vaguest clue what you're writing about? Here's a fun and lighting-fast brainstorming method that I absolutely guarantee will get you closer to understanding the story you want to write.It's the number one structuring tool Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-10-16
  • WHEN SHADOWS FALL has a new cover!
    Welcome to the bright and shiny new digital edition of WHEN SHADOWS FALL! My publishers are repackaging the series in fabulous new covers, and I’m so excited to share them with you. For your... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-10-15