Posts Tagged With: Lori Cecil

Warm Homemade Blueberry Pancakes

This is probably the one recipe I use the most. My family just loves them! They aren’t heavy or too thick. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can whisk milk and lemon juice together, let it set, and it will work as well. Also, I use wild blueberries because they are smaller. Dry ingredients: 2 … Continue reading »

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Reasons for Joining a Critique Group

I read a blog the other day that interviewed a new writer. The one thing that caught me about one of his answers was he said he wasn’t involved in a critique group. He did his own editing. I was taken back by that. I’ve been in a critique group for awhile now and can’t … Continue reading »

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Developing Pace

“Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…Virtually every … Continue reading »

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Tantalizing Love Scenes

Love scenes have been around for the test of time, many fiction novels have them whether their romance or not. Even in Christian writing. Creating tantalizing love scenes can be a daunting task. Sometimes their overdone, reading like a manual, or they’re redundant. Saying, her heart hammered, becomes the favorite phrase in many love scenes. So, how do I create … Continue reading »

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Writing a Great Opening Hook Sentence

Today we’ll focus on the components of a great first sentence. The first sentence your reader will read is the opening hook. You want to grab him/her—make them wonder what your book is about. How many writing classes and conferences have you attended, how many agents/editors have you pitched to — all to hear the … Continue reading »

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Kick the Telling Habit

Time to Kick the Telling Habit for good! I received an email from Annie Oortman on 4 Simple Ways to Kick the Telling Habit. Let’s go over them. Don’t say the Old Lady screamed… bring her on and let her scream.—Mark Twain. “Show, don’t tell.” That adage has struck fear in many a writer’s heart. But … Continue reading »

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