Category Archives: Writer Workshops

For the Love of…Writing Resources, Part 1

I am a serious book nerd. There, I said it. Whew, it’s good to have that out in the ether. I have hundreds of fiction paperbacks in all kinds of genres. I probably have a hundred reference books about writing, … Continue reading

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How to Write A Fiction Novel, Part 4 – How To Avoid the Squishy Middle?

No, we’re not talking about diets. We are talking about the most fatal part of a book, the part where if it’s not interesting anymore, the reader closes it for another day. I was talking to a book reviewer about … Continue reading

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How to Write A Fiction Novel, Part 3 – Do Your Characters Breathe?

Is it the story or the characters that captures the hearts of readers? In talking to people, whenever they talk about a book or movie, they immediately mention the characters by name. The problem in the book may be important … Continue reading

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How to Write A Fiction Novel, Part 2

You have started your fiction novel, and you have found you’re one of two kinds of writer. You’re either a “pantser” (one who writes from the seat of your pants) or a plotter (one who figures it all out). I … Continue reading

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How to Write A Fiction Novel, Part 1

We begin with a pause. That’s my granddaughter Penny decorating the Christmas tree. Why the pause? Because it’s important for writers to live life. Besides you never know when it will show up in a book. Your life, your advertures, … Continue reading

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Belle Ami’s Take-Away From RWA’s 2017 Conference by Stacy Hoff

Hello Passionate readers! Today on Nights of Passion I have author Belle Ami talking about her experience at the 2017 Romance Writers of America annual convention. I was sad to miss RWA’s mega meeting this year (affectionately called “Nationals” by … Continue reading

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The Writing Retreat by Bobbi Lerman

Reasons to go on a writing retreat!  I learned the far-reaching benefits of going on retreats years ago when I woke up one day certain I had lost touch with my muse forever. I wanted -no- I needed to somehow … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Easy Planning for Conference Attendance

Confluence is a science fiction and fantasy conference. Being a paranormal romance author, it’s great that I fit in both the worlds of romance conventions and scifi conferences. I’m going to be on panels, doing a reading and an autograph … Continue reading

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Novels—And Horses—Of A Different Color by Stacy Hoff

I guess you could call my (soon to be released) horse racing/romance novel a “horse of a different color.” Why is my book an outlier? From what I can surmise, here are the reasons: There aren’t a whole lot of … Continue reading

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What is Your Favorite Place?

I’ve traveled some and though there are remarkable places that could spar for the title of my favorite place, there is only one that has stayed in my heart since I was a little kid. This is Gillette Castle in … Continue reading

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