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Paula LaRocque

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Paula is an editor, communications consultant, and author of nonfiction who has recently turned her attention to writing fiction. Her first novel, a mystery titled “Chalk Line,” will be published by Marion Street Press, Inc., in 2011.

Often hailed as one of America’s foremost writing coaches, Paula has conducted writing workshops for hundreds of media, government, academic, and business groups across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She also has served as a writing consultant for the Associated Press, the Drehscheibe Institute in Bonn, and the European Stars & Stripes in Germany.

From 1971 to 1981, she taught technical communication at Western Michigan University’s School of Engineering and, after moving to Texas, taught journalism

My first-ever blog.

“What shall I write?” I asked my husband.

He didn’t hesitate a second. “Passive voice.”

“Passive voice?”


OK, piece o’ cake. But first I wandered out-of-doors for my summer morning turn around our gardens. I visited the front beds, the courtyard, the lush growth along the brick wall enclosing the house on three sides, and – especially – I visited the day lilies.

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Average rating: 4.00 · 368 ratings · 44 reviews · 6 distinct works · Similar authors
The Book on Writing: The Ul...

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The Book on Writing

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Chalk Line: A Ben Gallagher...

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On Words: Insights into How...

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Championship Writing: 50 Wa...

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Identity by Shawna Seed
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The thing I like best about Shawna Seed’s debut novel, Identity, is its readability—its conversational, concise, and quick-moving prose. Seed’s mystery is a page-turner as much because of its style as because of its plot.

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The Likeness by Tana French
" We're with you, Amy, all the way. :) "
The Likeness by Tana French
"Rather than a mystery, this is really a psychological study of a group of young friends living together in a house in Ireland. The premise of the book is very intriging, but there are many holes in the plot and some of the more interesting questio..." Read more of this review »
The Likeness by Tana French
"At the risk of seeming to be the Emperor to Tana French's Mozart, this book has "too many words." While the premise is intriguing (that a near double of a murder victim could take her place among the people who attacked but didnt know they had kil..." Read more of this review »
The Likeness by Tana French
"I liked the author's first book so much (Into the Woods) that I read this one. Not nearly as good. I found the premise too hard to swallow - an undercover police woman looks exactly like a murdered woman so she assumes her identity. Yea, right. No..." Read more of this review »
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" I'm with you, Kat. I WANTED to love French's work -- but finally had to admit: I hate this blah blah blah. I'm a writer so am usually pretty tolerant, ...more "
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Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie
Necessary as Blood(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #13)
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read in August, 2010
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Have you read Deborah Crombie? She’s a native Texan, author of a dozen or so novels, and creator of the mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detective duo Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid. [See more at]

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“(If the expected does not occur—in event, reward, or punishment—the work may seem lacking in artistic unity, coherence, and integrity and can sorely surprise or disappoint the audience.)”
Paula LaRocque, The Book on Writing

“A heroic figure, larger than life, noble, promising, multidimensional, has a flaw, a “fatal flaw,” that brings about his or her downfall. The flaw often involves some form of hubris, which is Greek for “wanton insolence,” and causes the hero to transgress or ignore natural law, rule, more, or convention. The hero’s flaw may be pride, ambition, greed, lust, jealousy, a desire for revenge, naiveté. Whatever, he or she fails to see consequence. The tragic hero is his own victim.”
Paula LaRocque, The Book on Writing

“Pathos is sad and inspires pity, but is not very interesting because there is nothing to learn from it; the audience experiences mostly pity and futility.”
Paula LaRocque, The Book on Writing

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