Readers, Writers and Art Lovers
The misson of this website is to share ideas and inspirations.
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."– Oscar
by Chris Rogers
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synopsis and excerpts.
hardest trade in the world is the writing of straight, honest
prose about human beings." – Ernest
Every Editor Wants
Up Your Story's Emotional Impact
When my editor at Bantam rejected the ending of
my second book and told me to rewrite it, she specified exactly
what they had bought in Bitch Factor, and what they expected
me to deliver again in Rage Factor:
- a fresh voice and
- emotional impact.
Emotional impact is what every editor is
looking for and what many unpublished writers fail to deliver.
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Novel, short story, video game, stage, screenplay—what's
at Mystery Writers of
America Southwest Chapter
you writing fiction for profit, and you’ve bumped against
a writer’s block? Or do you play with characters, plot,
story ideas for fun and now want to see how far you can take
I’ve been fortunate to achieve success in several venues,
and I believe storytelling is fun in any form or genre, from
my own favorite, suspense, to mystery, romance, science fiction,
fantasy. I’ve taught novel writing in
my private master class, mystery-suspense writing at Rice University
School of Continuing Studies, and general writing techniques
in seminar format. Now I want to engage the broader scope of
the Internet to share with you the ideas I’ve synthesized
and condensed that will most enhance your writing.
You’ll find plenty of free stuff here
to sample. Read a short
story, sample prize-winning chapters from some of my students.
You can also dip into my latest Dixie Flannigan novel for free—Slice
Then apply what you learn. Dig deep and write with heart.
Students Win Big At Fort Bend Writers
walked away proud on Saturday, March 27th, when four of my
current and former students won big time. John Oehler’s Tepui tied
for First Place in Novel Writing, Doug Schlatter’s Loved
to Death took Second and Rick Nelson’s Bound
by Blood third.
JoAn Martin won First
Place in Short Stories for Tall Tale Teller.
Former Student Nominated for Prestigious
Hime attended my mystery and suspense writing class at
the Rice University School of Continuing Studies. His excellent
book The Night of the Dance was published in April
2003 by St. Martin’s Press. This year it was nominated
for the Edgar Allan Poe Award as Best First Novel by Mystery
Writers of America. Edgar nominees carry a distinction of
excellence far into their writing careers.
Read more about Jim.
Student Nominated for Prestigious Golden
readers, watch for Stacey Keith’s Love’s A
Thief to hit the bookshelves soon. As a finalist for Romance
Writers of America’s highest award for unpublished writers,
Stacey will no doubt be snatched up by a wise editor at the
RWA convention in July.
Student Debuts First Book
from the Bone Closet
Everhart Braniff, a graduate of my Mystery and Suspense Writing
Class and a student of Christopher Woods, writes in a variety
of forms, including novel, short story, poetry, stage and screen.
Her stories, poems and prose have been widely published. Now
her first collected works is out from Stone River Press. In Songs
from the Bone Closet, Martha Braniff embraces the healing
power of shamans, holy poets and miracle workers. Her instinct
for both the real and the magical leads us into the closet
surreal, where Lavinia turns into a cat and Egg and Raven meet
at happy hour.
Student Debuts at Random House
journalist Vanessa Leggett, who spent 168 days in jail rather
than turn over confidential information to a grand jury, attended
my Master Class before and after her stint for civil disobedience.
Her long awaited true crime book, The Murder of the Bookie’s
Wife, is scheduled for release in fall 2005 from Crown
Publishing, a division of Random House.
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