Shannon Stacey

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Monday already?

Making steady progress on DG3. I’m facing a couple of big, multi-charactered action scenes that trigger a deer in the headlights stupor. (Umm…for me, not the reader. Hopefully.)

The good—I wrote my favorite scene ever over the weekend. Is it my best? I don’t know. Hell, I don’t even know if it’s any good. But it’s my favorite. Chock full of Gallagher-ness and the scene in which Carmen tells him she loves him. Those “I love you” scenes are … Read More »

LB&LI Workshop: When Only the Right Word Will Do—Part 4


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So why is this important? Do you really have the time and energy to analyze words when you’ve got plot points to map and character arcs to arc? You’ve got those pesky pronoun errors changing your hero into a heroine in the middle of a love scene and you dropped a subplot halfway through the second act. So what if your
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LB&LI Workshop: When Only the Right Word Will Do—Part 3

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In the introduction, I wrote: “Words may be the most basic ingredient for crafting our stories, but they can also be the spice that makes the flavor pop for the reader.”

Twenty or so years ago, I baked my first meatloaf and when it came to the oregano, I might have applied more of a dumping than a dash. The fact the mere mention—after two decades—of

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LB&LI Workshop: When Only the Right Word Will Do—Part 2

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I find, for me, there are two writing zones: that fabulous zone where you’re in the story, channeling the characters and it’s all good, and then there’s a zone where you can put words on the page, but you’re more of an observer. Maybe the kids are fighting, your day job’s stressful, a loved one’s sick or your husband’s being an ass, but you’re just not able to get in your

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LB&LI Workshop: When Only the Right Word Will Do—Part 1

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I was going to compose a big old introductory paragraph to go here, but instead of talking about it, let’s just do it. First up: let’s play with a first-draft paragraph—the hero seeing the heroine for the first time, from his POV.

As the woman crossed the room, Gabe watched her over the top of his glass. She looked a little out of place, wearing a pink t-shirt and jeans, but he appreciated the way they

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