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Keys to Life

I am extremely honored to make a guest appearance on the blog of James North with my recollection of a key moment of my life. This is the first time this story has been told publicly. I certainly hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. http://jamesnorththrillers.com/keys-to-life-by-earl-chinnici About James North James North is the author of the Vanguard series political/spy thriller novels “Deep Deception” and “The Last Chameleon.” He is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer and consultant to the U.S. Government, political analyst, and also (more…)

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant or How to Start Writing That Novel By Kevin M. Kraft I recently reconnected with a dear high school friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen, or spoken to, for over 20 years. With a single telephone call all of the years seemed compressed. While I struggled with the fact of the two-decade estrangement, I enjoyed catching up and letting her know what I’d been doing. Namely, writing. After I filled her in, she expressed her desire in writing a novel, which, in turn, reminded (more…)

Advice for Writers

Top Ten List of Advice for Writers by Krysten Lindsay Hager 1. Read, read, read. One of the best bits of advice I ever read in a writing book was to read 100 books of whatever genre you are planning to write for before you begin. That comes from Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. I cringe every single time I hear a writer say, “I don’t read.” 2. Take a literature class. It’s the best way to see how stories are written and put together. It’s like learning from (more…)

The Learning Cycle

I love to learn and sometimes I learn that I need to learn more. Such was the case in a recent conversation with some fellow authors about marketing books. Let there be no mistake, writing a book, revising it, editing it, and publishing it… these things are easy in comparison to marketing the book. Letting people know that you wrote an awesome book and helping them understand why they should care, why they should talk about it around the water cooler, is exponentially harder than just writing an awesome book. (more…)