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Writing Conference Wisdom: A Whirlwind of Speed Dating

James R. PrestonJames Preston

 We write to entertain, to share our experience, or because we have a story that simply must be told. But it's not easy. Let's be honest. If you studied piano for the same number of hours you put into your writing you could at least pound out "Jingle Bells" at the company party.… Read the post

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5+ Tips to Keep You Writing

James Preston
So, What's In It For You? Or, How To Not Quit

I  know what you are thinking, if you have read some of my earlier contributions to this award-winning blog. "Oh, no, he's going to make me get out a calculator and see if the midpoint of my novel is really a watershed, or make a big nasty chart that shows where all of my characters are in every chapter."… Read the post

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Chart Your Characters’ Lives On and Off the Page

by James Preston

The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. -- Sun Tzu

First, thanks for having me back.  I really enjoy these opportunities to talk about our work.Read the post

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Adapting Screenplay Structure to Genre Novels

Congratulations to Ella Quinn, the winner of Debbie Herbert's contest last week. Ella, you can contact Debbie via her website. You're lucky to be one of the first to read her debut book, Siren’s Secret!

And the winner of Chuck Sambuchino's contest is Judi Moreo.Read the post

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Care About Your Characters Or Your Readers Won't

WITS is happy to welcome back James Preston, author of the award-winning Surf City Mysteries series.

James’ wife, Nancy, encouraged Fae Rowen to write her first book.  James encouraged Fae to go to the San Diego Writers Conference to learn how to write that first book.… Read the post

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