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Banishing Lazy Words by Terry Shames

This week we have a guest blogger, friend and fellow mystery writer, Terry Shames! Terry grew up in Texas, and has an abiding affection for the people she grew up with and the landscape and culture of the town that … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not a Journalist

The Good Old Days. Let’s face it: Were things really that good? Yes, they were. Those ’70s television sit-coms were the best things ever. I’m binge-watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran from 1970 to 1977. It was funny then … Continue reading

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Interview With AMW Member Laura Oles

In continuing my series of interviews of fellow members of AMW, I’d like to introduce you to Laura Oles. VPC- Welcome, Laura! Tell us a little about your background. LO- I grew up in an Air Force family and moved … Continue reading

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D-minus

First posted by Kathy Waller on Writing Wranglers and Warriors and on Telling the Truth, Mainly Very long, but sort of necessary On January 29, I was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Two kinds of cancer are present, not … Continue reading

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The Keep Writing Sign

“One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.” ~ Gertrude Stein I’m having a hard time getting this post started. First I wrote a sentence about buying Natalie Goldberg’s … Continue reading

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My Writing Library: Nancy Peacock’s A Broom of One’s Own

Advice to writers? There’s a lot out there, some good, some bad. Back up your computer. Back up all your files. All the time. That’s good advice. It comes from every writer friend I have. Recently I learned what truly excellent advice that … Continue reading

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The Premise of a Mystery

A mystery needs a strong premise to succeed in today’s vast sea of manuscripts and newly published books. But what exactly is a premise? And how can you tell if the premise of your book is a good one? In … Continue reading

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Shattering a Vase

…it was like taking a vase and setting it down so hard it shatters… ~  Tracy Chevalier When I taught secondary English, grading essays was my least favorite task. I was happy to read them, but assigning letter grades? I … Continue reading

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Join AMW for MURDER ON WHEELS Launch ~ August 11

Please join Austin Mystery Writers Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, Kaye George, Scott Montgomery, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller & Earl Staggs and Reavis Wortham as they celebrate the launch of their first crime fiction anthology MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 Tales … Continue reading

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That Would Make a Pretty Good Story

When Howard was four, he and his baby sister were playing in the living room, while his mother and his grandmother sat at the kitchen table just around the corner. A few days before, while staying with his grandmother, Howard had said something cute–he … Continue reading

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