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Holiday Movies, Stories and Baking…

What are some things that make the holidays happier for you? Do you love decorating, baking, reading or watching movies? Continue reading Holiday Movies, Stories and Baking…

Five Ways to Escalate – Savage Reads

Ratcheting up the tension will make your novel a page turner. Photo by Ruslan Alekso on We’ve talked about the importance of tension before and I offered examples from my work. I think tension is vital to a great story, regardless of genre. The book I’m reading, Story Trumps Structure by Steven James, highlights… — Read on Continue reading Five Ways to Escalate – Savage Reads

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Starting in Medias Res

If I start reading and a character is being shot at or chased, I’m interested to see what happens next. BUT…I also enjoy getting to know a character a bit before they’re thrown into the pot of boiling water. The rom coms where we see a little bit of normal life before everything goes haywire, or the cozy mystery that starts with what appears to be just an average day in the life of the sleuth or the accused. Continue reading Starting in Medias Res