Entries by Donnell Ann Bell

An Expert Disagreement

By Donnell Ann Bell In December 2022, on The Stiletto Gang, I blogged about the importance of accurate research when creating our fictional stories. I also pointed out that the Internet is a great place to obtain plot information, but to rely exclusively on search engines is risky. I also mentioned in this blog that […]

The Element of Surprise

Remember the American Express Card slogan, “Don’t leave home without it?” Great slogan but as a writer, I have a different take on the saying. “Don’t publish without an editor.” There are different types of editors. A few that come to mind are developmental, copy editing, and proofreading. Many authors rely on their agents to […]

How I Met the Coroner

  by Donnell Ann Bell You’ve heard of How I Met your Mother?  Well, today I’d like to talk about How I Met the Coroner.  If you’re a mystery writer, chances are you need knowledge of bodies now and then, or perhaps you need to know how to bump somebody off.  When I began my […]

A Job and its Influences

by Donnell Ann Bell One of the greatest rewards in life is if a person can go to work every day and enjoy what they’re doing. I had such a job during my tenure at the Colorado Springs Business Journal. It was a place I learned the ins and outs of the Associated Press Stylebook […]

The School of Always Learning

By Donnell Ann Bell “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ― George Eliot “ “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” ― Andy Warhol I didn’t go to Harvard. I write a character that enjoys a sterling curriculum vitae, but unlike […]