Events! Come say hi!

I’m about to head off on my great August adventure – meeting my brand new niece and then touring around with Portia Adams – so if YOU or any of your FRIENDS are in the fine states of NY or VA, please come down and say hi !

Also, if you could alert your friends in the area to these events I’d be much-obliged!

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Come say ‘Hi!’

 

Villains you love

Do you have villains in literature/movies/TV shows whom you love?

You know the ones I’m talking about – those characters who but for a twist of fate would be the heroes of a story.

I’m writing my uber-villain right now and I’m thinking of writing a short-story from his point-of-view just to make sure I capture the depth of his descent.

Please share your favourite villains below, I need ideas my friends, and I’d like to pull characteristics from the BEST of the BEST.

This is by the way my One Fictitious Moment video on how to write a great villain – enjoy!

How to think like Sherlock Holmes

This was a great interview on this week’s Sunday Edition with Michael Enright that I had to post.

Take a listen below (15min) or download the podcast here:

Tips: Writing a Series

Knock one over and…

I’m working on a new episode of One Fictitious Moment (check out the first four episodes here) and the topic I’m researching is how to write a series.

Here are some of the tricks I keep in mind when writing a story that is part of a series:

  1. Always remember there is a larger story-arc and try to keep pushing it along at regular intervals.
  2. You have to give people a reason to read the next book. It doesn’t always have to be a cliff-hanger, but there has to be a reason to come back.
  3. You don’t have to retell the stories prior to the one your writing right now, but you may need your characters to ‘remember’ certain events if they are significant to the current story. A flashback or a quick memory written on the page can work.
  4. Remembering all your little details is really important as is all the foreshadowing you need to drop in so that by book 4 your reader smacks their head and goes “Ohhhhh!” – thanks for these two tips Amy from Inkcouragement!

What are some of your best tricks for writing a series?

 

Daybreak Alberta interview with Chris Dela Torre

For those of you that missed it, here’s my friend (and NEW host of the Calgary Weekend show Daybreak Alberta) Chris Dela Torre interviewing me about Jewel of the Thames :

Get A Clue: Writing Detective Fiction

My article for Kobo Writing Life. Fun to write, fun to read!

Kobo Writing Life

By Angela Misri­, author of Jewel of the Thames

If you’re a curious person like me, you live for a good whodunit. You’re someone who actually times themself while watching an episode of Monk/Bones/Elementary for how long it takes for you to solve the case (personal record: 8 minutes in). You might even be the type who when reading a mystery novel skips ahead to the back to confirm your deductions, too impatient to actually read through all the way to the conclusion.

Ok, maybe that’s just me.

JeweloftheThamesBut, if you are in that minority of humans who enter into otherwise normal conversations with an unnatural suspicion about hidden motivations then it might be time to channel all that into a really good detective story.

Besides the usual advice for writing genre fiction – for example to voraciously read/watch as much as you can from the genre you’re trying to…

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