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POV – It’s More Than a Point of View by Shannon Donnelly

Viewpoint in any story is closely tied to the writer’s voice. This may be why writers struggle with viewpoint—they’re also working on figuring out their own voice. It may seem easy to just say to someone—write your stories all in first person. But if that’s not working for the writer’s voice, those stories are not …
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The 12-Points of a Sexy Synopsis by Shannon Donnelly

Do I really need a synopsis? With self-publishing so widespread, you may think you can do without a synopsis. But to my mind, a good synopsis is like that perfect little, black dress you want in your wardrobe. It’s long enough to cover the basics, sufficiently short to make anyone want to see more, and …
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Dialogue: Don’t Let’Em Say What You Mean by Shannon Donnelly

Great dialogue can make or break a novel. That’s my opinion. It may stem from growing up watching a lot of 1930’s screwball comedies. Zingers fly with rapid fire and everyone talks. A lot. But the importance of dialogue really sank in when I wrote A Proper Mistress. I went for a lot of dialogue …
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The Allure of Regency England by Shannon Donnelly

For all that it covers an amazingly short time span (1811 to 1820) the English Regency has a remarkable allure for writers and readers. Mystery writers, including the great John Dixon Carr, have chosen the era for a setting, and the Napoleonic wars offer the setting for the popular Sharp series by Bernard Cornwell and …