Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

Thinking about New Ways To Write — I’ve Been Playing in Scrivener

I’ve always been a linear writer. I usually sit down with a vague notion of where a story is going and write it from start to finish. Until recently, I wasn’t aware that there was any other way to write. Recently I’ve been playing around with the concept of upping my wordcount by sitting down […]

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“It Gets Better!” (But I may not be around to see it.)

When it comes to entertainment, I’m getting sick of hearing statements to the effect of “just give it another chance. It gets better!” Whether we’re talking about a new TV show that takes 6 episodes to get better, a movie that doesn’t really hit its stride until 30 minutes into the film or a comic […]

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Charlaine Harris:

To say that Charlaine Harris is busy is putting it mildly. As the author of the Southern Vampire Novel series, which is the basis for the HBO series True Blood, Harris has written as many as two books a year. Recently, she announced that she would be wrapping up the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse in […]

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Make every moment count.

Unless you live at the bottom of a well without a calendar, you probably know that today is the 10’th anniversary of 9/11. For me personally, 9/11 is a milestone that marks a very different turning point. The event marks the time that I stopped being a reporter and became a writer. For a little […]

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How can I write When the Zombie is Eating My Brain?

Since Hubby and I have been announcing this to the world, I suppose that I can announce this here: We just found out that we’re expecting. Almost any parent can tell you that having a baby means that life as you know it changes. This means something more when you’re a writer. And while kids […]

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J. Kathleen Cheney — Author of Iron Shoes

Today’s author spotlight is on J. Kathleen Cheney. Kathleen is the author of numerous short stories and novellas. One of her most recent, Iron Shoes, was a finalist for the Romance Writer’s of America’s Prism award and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award. Iron Shoes appeared in Alembical 2. Your novella […]

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Monday Musing – Avoid Stagnation as a Writer

One of my favorite nonfiction writers is author John Maxwell. Although Maxwell writes and speaks on leadership topics, I find that uch of his advice can be applied to writing (unsurprisingly, success principles are univsal). Yesterday I listened to a talknthat he gave on the things that cause an organization to stagnate. Maxwell wrote that […]

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On Sexy Androids and Holy Beer — A Chat With Jerry J. Davis

Jerry J. Davis is a vanguard author. Long before many writers were dipping a toe into the eBook market, Jerry was jumping in with both feet. His latest novel, Eleven Days on Earth is available through Kindle and Smashwords. Jon August is dead.If that weren’t bad enough, the place he lands in the afterlife is […]

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Looking Through a Johari Window – Personality Awareness Mapping for Writing Convincing Characters

The military Strategist Sun Tsu wrote: “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you […]

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Monday Musing — Is Your Ending Serving Your Story?

The other week, My husband rented a movie called Limitless for me to watch. He thought I might enjoy the movie, because the main character was a struggling writer. (Instead, I treated him to a critique of the writing process, but that’s a post for another time). While I liked Limitless, I felt like the […]

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