What we believe about Hitler is that he was an obviously inhuman madman whose deliberate hatred motivated him to kill millions of people in concentration camps. But was it that simple? What if he was, if not perfectly sane, sufficiently so to be fully responsible for his actions? And what dark psychological forces underlay that hatred? Are there more lessons for us to learn, lessons that could prevent recurrence of such mass exterminations? Or is it already too late for us?
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1. Read this blog before you start today’s writing session.
2. Nobody can procrastinate all the time. Take a break now and then and write something. Then return to procrastination with renewed vigour.
3. Don’t waste your procrastination on Continue reading →
WRITING CRAFT: CHASES AND ESCAPES
Does your novel-in-progress contain a scene where the heroine escapes from danger, with the villain chasing after her? Excellent. Readers love the these scenes.
Here are some techniques to make your escape scene exciting. Continue reading →
I love it when readers who enjoyed my books post positive reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and elsewhere – but negative reviews can be even more fun.
Here’s a selection of my favourites I’ve received over the years:
Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel)
“This book is too long. I had to spend many hours reading it. I’m busy and have other things to do.”
“The character of Queen Matilda is not believable” There’s no Queen Matilda in the book. Continue reading →
It was 1994, and I was a graduate student studying public relations at Boston University. I was asked to interview Charles Rosen, a producer for the original “Beverly Hills 90210,” for an article in the alumni magazine. The magazine editors, knowing I was from LA, figured he and I would have a lot in common. And considering they used to film some of the “90210” scenes down the street from my childhood home, I thought Mr. Rosen and I would hit it off.
Little did I know at the time, that one piece of advice from Mr. Rosen during our interview would serve me well throughout my career. Continue reading →
TEN CHANGES IN BOOK PUBLISHING
by Rayne Hall
1. In the past, most authors worked for editors. Today, most editors work for authors.
2. Most books went from author to agent to publisher to distributor to bookseller to reader. Now, more and more go from Continue reading →
AUTHOR 2 AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Authors Mark Fine & Pamela Crane Reveal their Lives in Pursuit of the Art of Writing.
The Pamela Crane & Mark Fine Interview
Find out what secrets each author reveals in this author-to-author interview between Mark Fine, author of the romantic historical drama, The Zebra Affaire, and Pamela Crane, thriller writer of the best-selling The Admirer’s Secret.
Each an admirer of the other’s work, here are pictures of Pamela and Mark “presenting” each other’s respective novels:
A coin is flipped and Pamela agrees to be first questioned by Mark…
Mark: What inspired you to start writing your first novel, and what was your goal for it?
by Rayne Hall
Suspense is a feeling – the feeling of excitement, of tension, of fear, the feeling of needing to know what happens next. As writers, we aim to create suspense, because our readers love it.
Here’s a quick trick for increasing the suspense: Continue reading →
You would think that working from home is a writer’s dream. Going into the “office” anytime of day, wearing pajamas or sweats or a costume, drinking your own favorite coffee, locating your workspace wherever you want, ideally in front of a picture window that looks over a forest thick with trees and birds and romping deer, as the sun rises (or sets) and one’s imagination runs free and stories spring forth and flow like a river of melting snow . . .
Yeah, right . . .
7:00 I’m up and in the kitchen making coffee. So far I’m on schedule and ready to go. I have the entire day ahead of me – hours of uninterrupted creativity. I pour my coffee and head to the kitchen table where my laptop awaits. I push the button, and the screen springs to life. “Fifty-three new emails,” it says. Mostly trash, as usual. Click-delete, click-delete, click-del . . . wait, what’s this? Continue reading →