Creative Mysteries

Three (More) Things I Learned While Writing A Thriller

Writing is a learning experience like no other. Not only do you get to learn from others, you have the opportunity to learn from your own work. The thriller, in my opinion, is by far one of the most exciting, heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping kind of books to read. I’ve learned some interesting ideas and concepts while writing a thriller and I thought it might be a good idea to share a few with you. You might also want to read the earlier post, 5 Things I Learned While Writing A Thriller.

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Why Your Blog May Need An Overhaul

I’ll admit I’m not the best blogger in the world. But I do take blogging seriously, even if I go for a long time without posting. After thinking about why blogging has become so difficult for me, I realized that I was uncomfortable with my blog’s appearance. So I did a little clean-up project, by deleting almost a hundred posts that weren’t relevant to writing, updating my About Me and Work-In-Progress page, and purchasing a premium theme. As a blogger, you may feel that you need to clean up your blog’s appearance as well. Here’s some things to look for.

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Writing and Daydreaming

Probably the most effective combination, don't you think?

Probably the most effective combination, don’t you think?

I’ve always been passionate about the topic of daydreaming. Daydreaming has its advantages, from inspiring you to make changes in your life, to allowing you to detach from stressful situations and enter whatever world you want. All dreams can influence how and what you write. Just think of all the mornings you woke up extra early after having an interesting and vivid dream. Daydreaming, as opposed to dreaming at night, is more helpful to writers because you have more control over what you’re dreaming about. Let’s explore this topic in greater depth.
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Don’t Panic If Your Story Idea Isn’t Fresh

A good story idea feels great, until you learn that another story with a similar idea already exists. But don't panic, it might be a good thing.

A good story idea feels great, until you learn that another story with a similar idea already exists. But don’t panic, it might be a good thing.

A few months ago, I began having vivid daydreams of my novel. I saw the characters acting in real life, I saw every move my detective made to track down a killer and bring him to justice. Daydreaming has always served me well and this was no exception. There was just one problem. Every time I dreamed of my novel I saw Detective Steve Donovan as Jamie Foxx. At first I couldn’t figure out why, but then I realized the horrifying truth. My novel’s premise resembles that of the hit film, Law Abiding Citizen.
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Fatal Lessons Teaser from Chapter One

A photo resembling my main character's den, where some of this scene takes place.

A photo resembling my main character’s den, where some of this scene takes place.

This may be the final teaser from my work-in-progress. The scene is Detective Steve Donovan’s home and takes place before the inciting incident. It’s the very beginning of my novel and I’d like to share it with everyone. Partly because that’s what writers do, and partly because I want to make up for my recent failed short story attempt–and ridiculous meltdown. I hope you enjoy it.
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Change is Inevitable

For those who are uncomfortable with change, anything out of the ordinary can feel like the world is ending. You start to think irrationally, you may tend to overreact, and the idea of giving up and running away seems like the best solution. That’s how I felt yesterday when a developing situation took a turn for the worst. I overreacted when all I had to do was reach out and talk to someone (or in this case, send an email.)
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The Inner Critic Can Destroy Your Soul

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human mind. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”–Winston Churchill.

alone-62253_640This is one of those rare posts where I just let it all out. As a writer, I am rarely happy with anything I’ve ever written. Of course I say I am all the time but that’s just for positive reinforcement (If I say it, then I should believe it). But in all honesty, that’s not true. My heart fills with dread every time I click “Publish” on my blog, post an assignment in my online classroom’s discussion board, or share a piece of my writing with anyone but myself. It’s not so much that I worry about criticism from others, rather I fear having to share writing that I don’t appreciate. And that’s a serious problem. Because if I cannot enjoy and appreciate my work, how can I expect anyone else to do it?
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The Informant (Short Story Part 1 of 2)

What better way to return from an unfortunate break in blogging than an exciting short story? This story was inspired by a challenge at Misha Burnett’s blog and is part one of two parts. I hope you enjoy reading this story over the next couple of days. Please forgive me for being away for so long!

*Click on the page numbers at the bottom of this post to progress through the story*

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Teddy looked down at his bandanna, then stared grimly at his three friends in the dark garage. He was the only one who felt nervous about this job, as if his friends thought breaking into a mansion and stealing five million dollars was a walk in the ballpark. He had known Michelle, Cole, and Denise since they were little kids. Now here he was about to risk his life to make some real money.

The time was a quarter ’till midnight and Teddy rubbed his weary eyes. He finger-combed his thick, curly black hair, bent down, and retied the laces on his boots. Then he reached into the small of his back and pulled out the .38 snub-nosed revolver. He liked to keep it for close encounters.

Michelle had come up with the plan for the heist, a plan that hopefully prevented anyone from getting hurt or killed. But there was always a risk associated with this line of work. Being prepared made the difference between going to prison and getting away clean. Or life and death for that matter.

This would be the biggest heist of their lives. The Big One. They could retire after this and live a life of luxury, even it meant living on the run.

A Writer’s Best Dream

It's okay to have your head in the clouds at times.

It’s okay to have your head in the clouds at times.

An Edgar Award. A movie deal. A six-figure book advance. The number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. An international following and your name coming up in conversation in thousands of households. These consist of a writer’s best dream. And unfortunately, these dreams can hurt you, hold you back, or otherwise destroy you.

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The Life Of A Homicide Detective

I’m working on revisions this evening and I realized that I needed to work on developing my main character, Detective Steve Donovan. I believe, he’s an interesting character but I want him to be borderline fascinating. So I did some research and came across an intriguing article about a homicide detective for the Los Angeles Police Department. I just had to write about it.
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