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Ever Consider Writing a Memoir?

Photo Courtesy of Pexels I was talking to an old friend recently, and we were both having trouble remembering details from our high school years. Neither one of us could remember the name of our home room teacher. One of the comments made that had us both laughing was, “well, there goes the memoir.” But […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Creative Interview

Today I’m not posting about my own books or commenting on the ins-and-outs of indie publishing. Instead, I’m interviewing a fascinating creative talent and former Michigan resident, Dale Johnson. Welcome to “Painting With Light,” Dale. Thank you. Glad to be here. You have a fascinating creative background. Can you tell us a little bit about […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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How Are You At The Fine Art Of Table Sitting?

What Waiting for Customers Can Feel Like (Photo Courtesy of Pexels) Most indie authors have attended a literary festival, or an organized book-signing. It’s an integral part of the way the book-selling game is played. I’ve gone to a lot of them, and I often think I’ve seen it all. For instance, I’ve seen writers […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Author Interview

Author, Anca Vlasopolos Today I’m not posting about my own books or commenting on the ins-and-outs of indie publishing. I’m interviewing the fascinating former Michigan author, Anca Vlasopolos. Welcome to “Painting With Light,” Anca. Thank you. Glad to be here! You have a fascinating but somewhat frightening background. Can you tell us a little bit […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Writing Your Own Life Story

Photo Courtesy of Pexels I believe the wisdom and power to create real change lives not only in the experiences of leaders and community builders … but in the things that happen to everyday people all over the world. Each one of us has a story born from our life experience. We often forget, by […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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What’s Your Writing Voice?

I spent all day last Saturday at Michael Dwyer’s Rochester Writers’ Conference … the best one-day writing conference in the state (at least, to me it is). I’ve been to almost all of them … going back years. It was another day well spent (and it kept me out of the rain). Saw some good […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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A Writing Conference – Again?

Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan I’ve pointed it out before, and all of you who have been there know it’s true. Writing is often a solitary endeavor. But you don’t have go it alone. You can always do what I do … attend a writing conference, and meet some of the other members of that loquacious […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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What About Character Development?

I’ve talked about this a lot. Fiction writers all have the same goal … to transport their readers inside the pages so they feel like they’re walking along as a part of the story. Memorable characters are an extremely important part of making that happen. In fact, they should drive the story. Mine do it […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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How to Use Psychology to Write Amazing Stories

              Illustration © Charles Schultz Remember the Charlie Brown comic strip? The enterprising Lucy one-upped the lemonade stand business model and parked herself at a booth offering “Psychiatric Help” for five cents. I feel a little like that sometimes when I write this blog. Believe it or not, psychology […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Can You Make Your Narrative Voice Sing?

Telling a story is very much like taking a picture. You choose the elements you want to include and decide on the perspective. For instance, imagine you’re writing a story where three very different singers – let’s say, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin – are each singing “Itsy-Bitsy Spider.” Interesting concept … right? […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Feeling Productive?

If you’re a writer anything like me, you probably have lots of story ideas floating around in the wrinkled old gray matter under your cap. I know I sure do. There’s a lot waiting to bloom. As I mentioned last month, 2018 was a productive time for me. I’ve completed several chapters of three entirely […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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What is Historical Fiction?

As the holidays close in and another year comes to a close, I’ve had a chance to think about the books I’ve written, and those on which I’m currently working, one of which is definitely historical fiction. The working title is the name of the town in Hungary where the protagonist lived – Harkau. Not […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Are You Creating Believable Characters?

My wife and I just returned from a marvelous vacation in the Caribbean, on the island of St. Lucia. It was a great time, that passed far too quickly, but I had a lot of time to think about the writing projects I have in the works. I spent a lot of time listening to […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Are You a Dedicated Storyteller?

I recently attended the 2018 Fall Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University and, after a day of interesting presentations, plus conversations with a significant number of the other attendees, one resounding thought from it stays with me. Everyone enjoys a good story. Telling one, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. It takes a willingness […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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How Important is Dialogue in Fiction?

Picture courtesy Pexels.com I’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth mentioning again. I don’t think it can be over-emphasized. Dialogue, when properly structured, is one of the most powerful tools in the fiction writer’s arsenal. When you turn on the sound, which is what your dialogue is doing, the scene becomes real and immediate. […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Want to Write a Good Story?

Picture courtesy Pexels.com Every writer has heard the question many times: Where do you get your ideas? The answer from most of them is almost always the same as it is for me … Everywhere. Many aspiring writers believe they need to wait for a sudden flash of inspiration to write well but, in truth, […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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What Do You Need for a Book Signing?

I just finished a book-signing event in Sterling Heights. I joined some good friends and authors from the Rochester Writers’ Group. It’s the second one for me this month, and it was a decent day all around. The weather cooperated and I sold six books in four hours. Not exactly setting the world on fire, […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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Does Self-Promotion Feel Like a Losing Battle?

Along with a host of other local authors, I just finished participating in DetroitBookFest, at historic Eastern Market. The weather, although far too hot, was cooperative. It didn’t rain, I sold seven books and thought it was a good event. I’ll also be in attendance, with other local authors, signing books near the library at […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron
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