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Write What’s In Your Heart

Pub Date: Oct 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Write What's In Your Heart By Susan Malone October 2001 In the past two weeks, I've had untold number of writers contact me, all with the same question: "In light of the recent Read more »

A Special Report: Mystery Writers of America Seventh Annual Sleuth Fest

Pub Date: Sep 1, 2001 | Columnist: G.K. Sharman

A Special Report: Mystery Writers of America Seventh Annual Sleuth Fest March 17, 2001 Fort Lauderdale, FL by G.K. Sharman   " . . . aspiring assassins discussed the fine points of murder . . . "   It was an ordinary weekend. The South Florida sun hung innocently in the sky. But where its virtuous rays Read more »

Shaping Your Story

Pub Date: Sep 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Shaping Your Story By Susan Malone September 2001 As we've gone through the various aspects that make up a novel (most of which hold true for nonfiction and short stories as well), we've Read more »

At The Heart of All Writing

Pub Date: Aug 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR At The Heart of All Writing By Susan Malone August 2001 We've been talking over the last few months about the nuts and bolts of writing: characterization, starting and finishing a novel, plotting Read more »

Finding Your Hero

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Finding Your Hero By Susan Malone July 2001 One of the biggest areas of confusion I see in novels concerns the Protagonist, or hero of the story.  I'm going to use these terms interchangeable, Read more »

Writing a Book That Sells

Pub Date: Jun 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Writing a Book That Sells By Susan Malone June 2001 Writing a book that sells. That's the aim of all writers, no? It provides a constant topic at writer's conferences, but what, in fact, Read more »

What’s Your Motivation?

Pub Date: May 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR What's Your Motivation? By Susan Malone May 2001 We talked last month about the misconceptions many (if not most) folks have about writing, and what it means to be a "writer" versus an "author.&quot Read more »

Real Writer Vs Pretender

Pub Date: Apr 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Real Writer Vs Pretender By Susan Malone April 2001 We've talked before about how the perception in this country that anyone can write a book.  Part of which is of course true–anyone can now, Read more »

Editorial Double Standards

Pub Date: Feb 1, 2001 | Columnist: Michael Garrett

How many best-selling novels have you read whose writing appeared inferior to yours? EDITORIAL DOUBLE STANDARDS By Michael Garrett Internationally Published Author, Editor and Book Doctor February, 2001 . . .beautiful writing isn't a pre-requisite for publication. How many best-selling novels have you read whose writing you judged inferior to your own? Quite a few, I’d Read more »

What Makes an Effective Plot

Pub Date: Feb 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR What Makes an Effective Plot By Susan Malone February 2001 We talked last month about how to begin a novel, so let's continue on with what makes an effective Plot, and how to keep Read more »