Horror Reveal


Horror Reveal Traci Kenworth   Is it better to reveal the monster in the beginning all at once or to show glimpses as you go along? I prefer doing the snaps, the flashes that make the characters wonder: what’s out there? To tease the reader with your monster leads to a build-up that you must […]

The Stage


Clarita from Morquefile. The Stage Traci Kenworth   My hand closed on the curtain leading to the stage. This was it. The big moment. Before I’d been a part of the audience, this time, the devue had come for me. At fourteen, I’d longed for the year I’d be chosen. My chance to escape from […]

By the Roadside…


By the Roadside (Observations on life, books and the like…) Traci Kenworth   Living where I do, in Amish country, is simple, easy, and a bit breath-taking. You see some quaint things you don’t see every day in the city. I think it’s part of the charm. Yet, more and more residents are having to […]

The Gaming Hall


  Photo credit jppi from morguefile. The Gaming Hall Traci Kenworth   I wasn’t supposed to be in here, to see what went on, but hey, when your sixteen rules are meant to be broken. Especially when it may attract attention from parents who act like you don’t exist anymore since the divorce. Not that […]

Let Me Look in the Mirror Already!


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters Part II: Let Me See in the Mirror Already!     A character’s looks. How important are they? Some say the less description the better, but I’ve read in an agent’s recent blog(and I concur)that the readers wants to know what your character looks like, warts and all. […]

Writer At Work


Writer At Work Traci Kenworth   So what do our days really look like? Where do they take us? Well, for me, it begins after I get the kids off to school. About 7 a.m. if not sooner, I try to be at my computer. I do the email and boards thing first then settle […]

More Read-a-thon Answers


1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 13 2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay 3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? More mini-challenges perhaps? 4. What do you think worked really […]