Do we need to write a consequence for every action?

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A reaction for every action? Large or small?

The short answer is yes. I think so.

Once I grasp this concept, things began going a little smoother. Now in each scene, I stop and ask what will the characters consequence be for each action.

Even the smallest of decisions can move a story forward. For instance, stopping to buy a coffee can result in meeting the right or wrong person. Turning left instead of right can result in an accident or a chance meeting.

See. Each decision your character makes must have a consequence sooner or later to drive the story to the end.

It’s simple cause and effect.

My current work in progress I’m using action-reaction to move each scene forward. Even the most mundane of things.

Such as…

  • action: she pulled her sweater tighter
  • reaction: draws unwanted attention
  • action: he seeks her out
  • reaction: love or hate, life or death?


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Writing Past a Problem

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Working on my most recently published book, I ran into a significant problem.  To move the novel forward, I needed my protagonist to have a confrontation with a minor character.  I knew what this woman’s role was in the book and how she drove the plot forward.

But the woman herself was a blank.  I had no idea what she looked like, what she sounded like, what kind of house she had.  None of that was real.  And so I did when I’ve learned to do after many years as an author: I let go.  Consciously, that is.

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The Power Of Six Is Featured On The Readers In The Know Podcast

Nicholas C. Rossis

Simon Denman, Listen Inside podcast from Readers In The Know | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksListen Inside is a daily podcast from Readers in the Know, a website dedicated to listing the best books on sale each day. It is presented by its founder, Simon Denman. Each episode provides a sneak preview of one of the great books on the website, including a brief synopsis and a short extract chosen by the author.

They have kindly included my collection of short stories, The Power Of Six, in Listen Inside, and Simon has read out the first story, The Hand Of God.


You can listen to more stories on the Listen Inside podcast page.

If you feel like more free stuff, check out my appropriately-titled free stuff category. And if you feel like buying The Power Of Six, it will on a 99c sale until the month’s end! Here is the link to that first collection…

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Welcome to the #RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK AND BLOG BLOCK PARTY from Asheville, North Carolina, USA!

During the month of April, The Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) is throwing a book and block party. You can get the lineup here. You may may win lots of prizes!

Anyone can be eligible to win a prize. To have a chance at winning, just leave a comment on the appropriate blog on the day it goes live and RRBC will randomly select a winner. The winners will be shown on the lineup page next to the blog listed. Lineup here. To be eligible to win my prize, just leave a comment on my blog today (April 26, 2017).


Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

1 ($20) Amazon Gift Card 

# of Winners for this stop:  1



Kim Cox is an author of Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Suspense and Paranormal. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chain saw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers–Scooter and Harley, and a Yorkie mix, Candi. She’s a mother and grandmother

My Home and Nearby from the Blue Ridge Parkway (can be seen from my house) to the Biltmore House and downtown Asheville, to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, NC. Visit Romantic Asheville for more information.


Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series

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Will Lana Malloy solve the twenty-year-old double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé by Memorial Day? If she can, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts for another year.

Read more . . .

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Since the news of her first case, Lana Malloy’s Private Investigating/Mediator business is booming. At one pro-bono job, Lana helps a widow communicate with her late husband and learns of a frightening new ability she wasn’t aware she possessed-an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand if she’s not careful. Lana struggles for control when she encounters the angry ghost who doesn’t want to leave and who doesn’t want the occupants of the house to stay.

Will Lana be able to control the situation or will the ghost sense he can overtake her? Does she discover other abilities she can rely on to save her?

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Lana Malloy is marrying the love of her life, Tony Calabria. The night before, she has a vision of a disturbing wedding and wonders if it’s a premonition of her own. Feeling silly for thinking that, she proceeds with her plans as scheduled.

During their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Lana has visions of a young woman abducted by a madman, who will be forced to marry him if he isn’t stopped. She senses marriage isn’t the worst thing that could happen to this woman as she feels the threads of death circling her. She believes this isn’t the first woman the man has abducted and murdered; he’s killed before.

Lana can’t ignore her visions. Will Tony understand this isn’t an obsession, but a calling, and Lana has to do whatever it takes for this young woman? Will she find the victim in time? If she doesn’t, life will never be the same.

Read more . . .

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Lana Malloy and Tony Calabria are ready for a much needed vacation. In the early stages of their relationship, they’d talked about taking a cruise together but have never had the chance, so they decide to take a Christmas Cruise. As Lana boards the cruise ship, she has an eerie feeling of death surrounding them. She ignores it at first thinking it’s her fear of the large ship since this was her first cruise. That night, she has a vision of one woman’s rape and murder. It’s not long before she is confronted by the spirits of other young women who had also been raped and then murdered. Now it’s up to her to find their murderer, someone who could be sailing with them. Can she help these women find the justice they deserve?

Read more . . .

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In HAUNTED BY HER PAST, Lana is faced with the task of helping a domestic abuse victim escape the ghost of her dead ex-boyfriend.

Jena escapes a bad relationship in Georgia only to be ambushed one night in her new Charleston home. When her ex-boyfriend finds her, she’s forced to protect herself and he’s killed in the struggle. She’s beside herself with grief, but that’s not the worst of it. Her now dead boyfriend is haunting her and he’s more abusive now than he was when he was alive.

Demi calls in a very pregnant Lana to help with the situation. Knowing Tony will be furious when he returns from his business trip, Lana tries to help from afar, but she soon discovers it is vital for her to be on the scene—stuck in the middle of an impossible situation.

How will she be able to convince a man who was abusive in life to move on so his ex-girlfriend can find the peace she deserves?

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Creating The Time And Space You Need To Write Your Best Work

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Sally Keys. Sally is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family, and traveling as much as possible.

Creating The Time And Space You Need To Write Your Best Work

Writing hands | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Photo: Alejandro Escamilla, via Unsplash

Working on a book is not only creatively challenging but can often be an isolating experience. Depending on how you write best, you’ll have different opinions on where you should write, and when. Perhaps your greatest work is done early in the morning before anyone else is awake. Or, perhaps, it’s best done enjoying the fresh air in your garden during a warm afternoon. Whatever your preference, it’s important to find the right…

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Putting the “Professional” in Professional Writer

A Writer's Path

by Kelsie Engen

Do you plan your WIPs out? I don’t mean “do you outline” or know what you’re writing tomorrow. I mean, do you know your schedule for the next two years?

Yep. I said years.

I’m trying something a little different this year. I’ve been a “writer” for many years now, and I’ve always just written what I feel like writing when I feel like doing it (and for clarity’s sake, I’m including editing, revising, outlining, etc. in that word “writing”). And in following that process, I’ve written half a dozen novels, and polished one novel and three short stories.

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These are the 2 Types of Rough Drafts

A Writer's Path

by Samantha Fenton

Not every rough draft is created equal. There are different ways of mind when writing the rough draft. Depending on your style, maybe your draft has taken forever to write. You just want to get it as perfect as possible. Or maybe the rough draft is just a chance to get the ideas on the page and get it over with as quickly as possible. I have found it to be an either/or situation. Either you want the rough draft to be as perfect as possible, or you try to get it out of the way and focus on getting the general idea on the page.

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