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Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

TODAY’S QUOTE: “You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin, via the author’s FAQ for fans MY … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

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“V” is for Victim — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My theme for this years A to Z Blogging Challenge is Elements of Crime Fiction. My topic for today is VICTIM The identity of the murder victim is the first thing that needs to be established in a murder investigation. The victim’s backstory, personality, hopes and fears are all pointers towards the murderer’s identity and the motive for the crime. Continue reading “V” is for Victim — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

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“U” is for Unsolved Mysteries — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is Elements of Crime Fiction. My topic for today is UNSOLVED MYSTERIES Certain intriguing events occur for which there is no logical explanation exists. They remain unsolved despite the best efforts of authorities and individuals. The disappearance of author Agatha Christie for some days without explanation is one such occurrence. To this day fans … Continue reading “U” is for Unsolved Mysteries — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

“K” is for Killers — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My topic for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge is Elements of Crime Fiction. I am a great fan of detective novels. Cosy mysteries, police procedurals, psychological thrillers– you name it. For the month of April I am going to try and break up crime fiction into its components and see what makes it tick. My topic for today is : KILLERS While my … Continue reading “K” is for Killers — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

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Blogging Insights – New Format # 34 – success

TODAY’S QUOTE ” I never dreamed of success. I worked for it.” Estee Lauder MY THOUGHTS : This quote is true of any thing that you want to do in life. It can apply equally to blogging. The more you work at posting engaging content and interacting with other bloggers the more successful your blog will be. What do you think? Do let me know … Continue reading Blogging Insights – New Format # 34 – success

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Blogging Insights – New Format # 20

Last week we discussed whether it is better to rest rather than quit especially in the context of blogging. Several bloggers said that resting led to a “refresh”. Today’s quote takes this a little further. It is not much fun doing the same thing or writing the same kind of posts over and over again. Don’t be the same, be better. What do you think? … Continue reading Blogging Insights – New Format # 20

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Blogging Insights – New Format # 11

Today’s quote is from celebrated author Margaret Atwood. ” Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.” — Margaret Atwood Who do you write for? Yourself, your readers, or posterity? I would love to know. You can tell me what you think by leaving a reply in my comments section. Better … Continue reading Blogging Insights – New Format # 11

5 Things Tuesday — 5 Things You Love About Autumn

Here are my 5 Autumn Faves : Dry leaves It is mesmerizing to watch dry leaves falling to earth one by one. Once they make a thick carpet on the ground, it is such fun when they crunch and crackle underfoot. Bonfires made from these leaves give the autumn breeze it’s particular smoky fragrance. Autumn hues Burgundy, plum, auburn, cinnamon, mustard, pumpkin, russet, rust, spinach … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday — 5 Things You Love About Autumn

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 8

“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Quote courtesy goodreads Do you agree, and if so, how far ? In my opinion, a writer/blogger should never write what is untrue (except in fiction, which is a given). At the same time, if there is a … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 8