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Joslyn Chase: Becoming Writer, Editor
Member since July 11, 2016

Joslyn Chase is the author of the thriller, Nocturne In Ashes, an explosive read that will keep you turning pages to the end. What Leads A Man To Murder, her collection of short suspense, is available for free at joslynchase.com. Joslyn loves traveling, teaching, and playing the piano.

Website: https://joslynchase.com

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Joslyn Chase
in The Café
06:09 pm on May 7, 2019

Growing pains are never fun, but I’m working to get in the habit of copying my critique before I hit the submit button. [more]


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Joslyn Chase
in The Café
05:03 pm on April 24, 2019

Super happy–just gotta share! I just got an email from the editor at Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine saying she’s going to send over [more]


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Rejected Book: 3 Reasons Editors Reject Manuscripts
by Joslyn Chase in Rejected Book: 3 Reasons Editors Reject Manuscripts
12:02 pm on June 10, 2019

Has this happened to you? You finish a story and polish it to a shine, compose your cover letter, send the package off to an editor, and wait through an agonizing time period, only to get that form letter saying thanks, but we’ll pass. Your book was rejected.

It’s happened to me. More times than I care to think about. One thing writers who want to publish learn right off is the pain of rejection, and my best piece of advice is to get used to it. There is life after rejection, and you’ve got to be willing to jump up and go at it again. And again.

Character Personality: How to Discover Who Your Character Really Is
by Joslyn Chase in Character Personality: How to Discover Who Your Character Really Is
12:52 pm on May 28, 2019

Have you ever written a scene that didn’t feel authentic or sit right with you? One very possible reason for such a scene is that your character did not act in accordance with their nature. As writers, we sometimes hit a fallback position where we have our character do what we would do rather than acting … in character. We have to remember to write from the character’s personality rather than our own.

I am not a proponent of detailed character sketches—believing, instead, that the character reveals herself to the writer as the story unfolds. However, as we get to know the character we’re writing, it’s important to understand the essentials of her personality. By doing so, we make it easier to understand and portray the shifts that make up the character arc.

How to Write Action Scenes That Thrill Your Readers
by Joslyn Chase in How to Write Action Scenes That Thrill Your Readers
12:06 pm on May 13, 2019

Almost any genre you might write in will include some kind of action scene, so it makes sense to learn how to do action well. Action does not always mean a car chase or a shootout, though these are time-honored examples. An action scene can simply be a place in the story where the pacing increases and the movement is external, rather than internal.

Emotional Writing: One Surprising Method for Creating Emotion in Your Readers
by Joslyn Chase in Emotional Writing: One Surprising Method for Creating Emotion in Your Readers
12:19 pm on April 29, 2019

As a writer, you’ve probably learned that story is not about what happens. Rather, it’s about how the events affect the protagonist. The plot points may appeal to the reader’s intellect, but you want to go deeper than that, reaching and stirring the coals of a reader’s emotions. That kind of emotional writing is when you make a real connection, establishing something meaningful between writer and reader.

But how is this done? How do you reach beyond the plot points and offer your reader something more? There are a number of ways to accomplish this, but I’m going to focus on one technique that might surprise you.

How to Read Like a Writer and Boost Your Writing Skills
by Joslyn Chase in How to Read Like a Writer and Boost Your Writing Skills
11:50 am on April 15, 2019

If you’ve made it your mission to write, it’s probably because you love reading. Your life has been touched and changed by books you’ve read and stories you’ve heard since you were a tot, and now you want to create that experience for others. The irony is that once you start writing, it’s often difficult to find time for reading, and that’s just wrong on so many levels.

10 Ways to Master Pacing in Writing and Keep Your Readers Riveted
by Joslyn Chase in 10 Ways to Master Pacing in Writing and Keep Your Readers Riveted
10:46 am on April 1, 2019

If you’ve ever run a marathon, or a 10K, or even a 5K race, you know that pacing is important. If you pour it on at full speed right off the starting line and keep that up without variation, you’ll run out of steam and be unable to finish.

You do the same thing to your reader if you don’t vary the pace. Fast or slow, if you don’t provide some variety for your reader, they won’t finish either. So let’s take a closer look at pacing and how it can help you create a better experience for your readers.

How to Start a Story: 10 Ways to Get Your Story Off to a Great Start
by Joslyn Chase in How to Start a Story: 10 Ways to Get Your Story Off to a Great Start
10:26 am on March 18, 2019

Perhaps you’ve heard the old publishing proverb: The first page sells the book; the last page sells the next book. I’m convinced there’s a mammoth grain of truth in that. The beginning and the end of any story are critical elements that you really want to nail.

Today, we’re going to focus on how to start a story—in other words, how you can craft a spectacular beginning that will hold readers spellbound and get them to turn that first all-important page.

Humor Writing: 5 Side-Splitting Ways to Infuse Humor Into Your Writing
by Joslyn Chase in Humor Writing: 5 Side-Splitting Ways to Infuse Humor Into Your Writing
01:40 pm on March 4, 2019

Who doesn’t love to laugh? A good, healthy chuckle goes a long way toward making a character more likeable, and a reader more willing to stick with that character through difficult situations. Most stories, whatever the genre, benefit from moments of humor. Yes, humor writing is hard—but these strategies will give your writing the perfect blend of levity.

TED Talks for Writers: 6 TED Talks That Will Revive Your Storytelling Spirit
by Joslyn Chase in TED Talks for Writers: 6 TED Talks That Will Revive Your Storytelling Spirit
01:02 pm on February 18, 2019

A favorite resource of mine when looking for inspiration is TED Talk territory. There’s a wide variety to choose from, they’re short, full of provocative viewpoints and stimulating ideas.

I perused the offerings pertaining to story this week and chose six TED Talks for writers, presentations worth watching when you need a boost or a reminder about why you’re doing this.

How to Use Psychology to Create Compelling Characters
by Joslyn Chase in How to Use Psychology to Create Compelling Characters
08:30 am on January 21, 2019

How do you create characters that resonate with readers, stirring their emotions and rousing their empathy? That’s the goal we all share as writers, right? What if there were a way to combine psychology and writing to make your characters come alive on the page?

To build characters that strike a chord within readers, you need to craft someone who feels realistic, someone your readers can relate to because their motivations and behaviors are modeled on the way real people think and act.

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