Dispel Those Writing Myths – Part 1

BY SHEILA HUDSON When I began this crazy career of writing, I thought all I had to do was to write and my gleeful audience would immediately issue a check. Clearly, I did not know how the system works. And that’s not the only myth I believed. Take heart, I am here to bust your …

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BEGIN at the Beginning

BY SHEILA HUDSON “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. Whenever I sit down to write something, it’s always a temptation to jump into the middle. And that’s what mysteries do; the hook is just that. But …

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Do You Want to Write a Cozy Mystery?

I just finished writing cozy mystery #18, so let me try and answer this. But first the question, what is a cozy? A cozy is a mystery with certain ingredients. First of course, there’s the protagonist who must be an amateur. This amateur often has friends who are law enforcement of some kind, but they …

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The Shower Muse

Think about the last time and place you got a great idea or solved a problem that’d been plaguing you. Where were you? The answer is a cliché: You were probably in the shower – Christine Carter

A Writer’s Legacy

Becoming a grandmother coincided with the big five-o. I pondered what legacy I could leave my very first grandchild. I decided upon a journal. I am after all a writer. I was anxious to chronicle how special this life was to our family.