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I’m With Grace Today at Modern Mystic to talk about Writing

I’m visiting Grace Allison Blair, award-winning author of Einstein’s Compass, over at her blog Modern Mystic to talk about my latest prehistoric fiction release, Against All Odds.

…and How to Add Drama to Your Story

Sneak peek:

Sometimes I read my WIP and even I get bored. Excitement may be difficult to define but I know it when I read it. I ain’t reading it here.

If you have that problem, here are some suggestions from efriend writers:

    • Look at your scenes. Is the drama predictable, or unbelievable? Is it a bridge too far or a euphemism too short? Or something else?
    • A football fan friend of mine who’s also a writer explained what you want out of drama: Let’s say it’s the end of the season, and Notre Dame’s playoff hopes rest upon Penn State winning their final game (and they’re 0-11) — nothing else could help the Irish get in, no other combination of wins or losses, plane crashes, plague outbreaks, anything. I still want Penn State to lose. (Not intended to trigger Notre Dame or Penn State fans–just fun)

Read on…

Come visit!


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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning


26 thoughts on “I’m With Grace Today at Modern Mystic to talk about Writing

  1. Great tips, Jacqui. I wanted to leave a quick note here to make sure you saw my last reply on Debra’s blog, about potential spoilers for new readers in your first chapter excerpt. Just in case you wanted to take that into account during the rest of your tour. Not about Xhosa, but about Hawk and Nightshade (an easy part to omit in the excerpt, if you agree). 🙂 I don’t know whether that is important or not, as I haven’t read your first two books of this trilogy yet. It was just a hunch.

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      • In regards to the spoilers, I meant for the readers who haven’t read your book 1 or 2 in the series yet and hope to start the series from the beginning. Your excerpt in this book tour tells them what happens to those two characters before they read about it in the books that came before. Sorry for my confusing way of trying to make this point. 🙂

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