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AI Artificial Intelligence and Audiobooks

I recently listened to a Draft2Digital interview with Google Play Product Manager, Ryan Dingler about their auto narration through AI (artificial intelligence). If you want to learn more about it, check out this YouTube link https://youtu.be/2BuxxC-cppM I found Google Play easy to set up and use. I still want to have the books professionally narrated by an actor but until I can afford that, this … Continue reading AI Artificial Intelligence and Audiobooks

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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

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Tips and Hacks for Writing a Fight or Action Scene

Writing a Fight or Action Scene Some of these ideas can be used to write other scenes, especially romantic action scenes but without the fighting unless you are into that, no judgement here. Like sex scenes, fight scenes are often added to a story to make it more interesting but if you do not engage the reader prior to the scene or make the scene … Continue reading Tips and Hacks for Writing a Fight or Action Scene

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Following Other Authors into the Abyss

I am a HUGE advocate of studying writing craft books, listening to author interviews, and writing advice videos and podcasts. I take a lot of online classes in a variety of subjects to improve my writing. One of my pet peeves, the thing that will make me so angry, is when an author tells me their way, is the ONLY way to write! Now, I … Continue reading Following Other Authors into the Abyss

How Do You Research Murder?

How do you research Murder? How many people did you have to kill to get it right? Uh! What, wait a minute… Contrary to some the writing sources I’ve studied, you don’t have to write JUST what you know. You can figure somethings out by relating them with similar experiences, or by taking classes, watching YouTube videos or documentaries. You don’t have to kill your … Continue reading How Do You Research Murder?