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July Interviews













7/1 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
7/8 Jessica Baker, Murder on the Flying Scotsman
7/15 TG Wolff, Driving Reign
7/22 Leslie Budewitz, The Solace of Bay Leaves
7/29 Cynthia Kuhn, The Study of Secrets


Saturday Guest Bloggers

7/11 Mark Dressler
7/18 James McCrone

WWK Bloggers:

7/4 Valerie Burns
7/25 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Plots




Image by Whatlep

Plots, plots everywhere

Give a kid a hammer and, to the kid, everything starts to look like a nail.  To writers there are plots 

everywhere.  Innocent readers in libraries start to look like potential serial killers.  Your co-worker is 

late on Monday morning and his door is locked. Is there a whiff of a decaying body in the air? And you 

like your co-worker.


Do people look at you strangely? Have the police been around asking not-so-innocent questions? No, 

you spilled something on your clothes. (For men, your fly is open.)


Daytime drama, professional wrestling, cheesy movies relegated to the early morning hours, even 

clever commercials have plots and continuing characters.  So do the squabbling neighbors. Your

neighbors. Mine do not squabble, especially the neighbors across the street two houses to the right.  

They are not squabbling even as I write this.


Your family is full of characters. Mine is just full of character. And they sometimes read this blog.  

When it gets too close to home it gets harder to write.  Remember, just because it happened does not

mean it’s realistic. 


Sport stadia (stadiums?) school classrooms, driveways and porches serve as stages for action, as do 

stages, of course.


What plot is thickening around you?  

8 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

Finding plots is not my problem; finding time to deal with them all—that’s my problem.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, nice blog. I'm with Jim on this. I find them in the newspaper, hearing a conversation - usually from someone on a cell phone - when I'm standing in line somewhere, or just from my imagination.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I have to add something else. As soon as I went off, a conversation between and husband and wife having a conversation about something that sounded sinister popped up. Nothing that I can click on deletes it. I assume it's an ad for a movie or TV show, but who knows??????

Sarah Henning said...

Charming post! I love the newspaper for plots. Or old stories. Or songs. Some people call ideas "plot bunnies" ... I totally get this. They do multiply!

Kara Cerise said...

I agree that plots are everywhere, mostly in my imagination. (I don’t recognize that car parked in front of my house. What if it’s stolen? Is that a bullet hole in the side? What if there’s a dead body in the trunk like on NCIS?)

Anonymous said...

I think we've all discover that sometimes "truth is stranger than fiction" and we would not dare include some things that have really happened in stories.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I know exactly what you mean--there are unusual and interesting plots all around us. Writers do look at the world a tad differently than most other people.

Bobbi A. Chukran, Author said...

My neighbors are a never-ending source of plots. Some former ones actually WERE criminals, and I was the one who noticed it first. Now, to turn it into a story....