Suzie Quint's Blog

April 28, 2016

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree, with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny, dark squiggles. But one glance at it, and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books...
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April 24, 2016


Ideas for growing you mailing list
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/01/15/fiction-email-list-subscribers/

Battle Scene are always Tricky
http://ryanlanz.com/2016/01/26/how-to-write-battle-scenes/

This deconstructs fight scenes. Good to know.
http://www.betternovelproject.com/blog/fight-scene/

We all want to sell well, but there's no magic bullet. Rosiland James tells her story, including the marketing moves she made.
http://www.rosalindjames.com/what-worked-for-me/

Facebook ads seem t...
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April 20, 2016

Often I'll find clues to where the story might go by figuring out where the characters would rather not go. ~ Doug Lawson

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April 17, 2016

It's always interesting to see how really creative people work.

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April 13, 2016

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you,...
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April 7, 2016

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. ~ English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University

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March 31, 2016

Give them pleasure—the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare. ~ Alfred Hitchcock

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March 27, 2016

Help for getting a handle on your inciting event
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/your-books-inciting-event-its-not-what-you-think-it-is/

Jennifer Crusie has a tendency to ramble a bit but she has some thought-provoking ideas about how to create chemistry between characters
http://arghink.com/2016/01/questionable-character-chemistry/

Fight scenes are tough. Maybe this will help.
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-write-realistic-fight-scenes-2/

Seems like everyone...
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Published on March 27, 2016 00:00 • 2 views

March 24, 2016

"The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason. In fact, more often than not, the quester fails at the stated task. So why do they go out and why do we care? They go because of the stated task, mistakenly, believing that it is their real mission. We know, however, that their quest is educational. They don't know enough about the subject that really matters: themselves. The real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge. That's why questers are so often young, inexperienced, i...
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Published on March 24, 2016 00:00 • 20 views

March 20, 2016


Basic story building blocks

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