Category Archives: creative writing

Short Stories Are Like Smart Cars (And I’m Taking A Ride) by Stacy Hoff

Until I learned about the publishing industry, I had no idea that commercial fiction writing had so many rules. I struggled to learn the precise definitions of genre and sub-genre categories, as well as their prescribed word-counts. That was several … Continue reading

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Day Job vs. Night Job by Stacy Hoff

My day job is unlike my night job. By night, I write romance. By day, I’m a lawyer. Yup. Been one for two decades. Handling contracts. Negotiating deals. In other words, I’m as non-romance-y as one could be between the … Continue reading

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Nights Of Passion Virgin

Be gentle with me, please, since this is my first time posting on Nights of Passion. When I began writing The Duplicitous Debutante, which is being released on September 1, I had a very clear impression of what my heroine … Continue reading

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The Story Behind The Story by Debralee Mede

Backstory influences how a  character behaves in the present.  One doesn’t really want to go on and on about the character’s history just by telling readers what happened and provide them with an information dump of character history. Instead different … Continue reading

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I Think I Have a Bad Case of “Whatchamacallit” by Debralee Mede

Imagine this:  A most evil, malignant and immortal wizard who throughout his villainous reign has plagued some with fear by acting like a “raging psychopath and sadist deriving pure amusement by inflicting pain on others.”  He does so without remorse: … Continue reading

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