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The People We Meet – Using Body Language To Show Characters’ Emotions by Kathy Otten

Welcome to 2019.  Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Every year, along with my new list of personal goals, I create a list of writing goals; among them, ways to improve my craft. One of the first elements of craft we’re taught is to show, not tell our stories.  In a rough draft, an …
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Short Stories, Easier Than A Novel? by Kathy Otten

I wrote my first short story for a contest when I was sixteen. The story was one of the winners chosen for publication in a magazine for Christian teens. Since then I’ve had several short stories published, in historical romance, historical fiction, and contemporary romance. The shortest piece I’ve written was 495 words and the longest …