Dallas Mystery Writers meeting on Feb 3rd







February 3, 2018 – Kendel Lynn Will Speak at the Dallas Mystery Writers

Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. She read her first Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators at the age of seven and has loved mysteries ever since. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. It features Elliott Lisbon, a mostly amateur sleuth who has a slight aversion to all things germy and is only five thousand hours away from getting her PI license. Kendel is the Vice President of Sisters in Crime, the Immediate Past President of SinC North Dallas, the Vice Chair of Bouchercon Dallas, and the Managing Editor of Henery Press, where she spends her days editing, designing, and figuring out ways to avoid the gym but still eat cupcakes for dinner. Catch up with her at kendellynn.com.

Monthly Writing Contests

The Granbury Writers Bloc is pleased to present a special opportunity for all writers to receive pro-quality feedback on their work. For $20, you can enter our monthly contest by supplying a 1,500-word response to the prompt for the current month – and receive THREE complete critiques from our top-qualified Texas professional authors and editors. The judges choose one grand-prize winner every month for our cash prize – but with complete feedback on every entry, every entry is a winner!


The judging criteria, rules, and judges are detailed on the “Monthly Contests” page – here.

Strengthen Your Prose

Eliminate Distancing Verbs aka Filter Words

Distancing verbs are words that filter the reader’s experience by placing them one step away from the narrative. How do they do this?

-They hedge. These words can appear hesitant or unconfident. Just say it, don’t hedge.

-They remind the reader that he/she is reading. You want to draw the reader in so he/she is absorbed into the character’s thoughts and actions.

-They are weak verbs. You can use strong verbs without turning to purple prose.

Examples of distancing verbs and words:

Realize                                   Saw

Watched                               Looked

Seemed                                 Felt

Can                                         Decided

Sounded                               Knew

Heard                                     Thought

Touched                                 Wondered

Noticed                                  Was/were able to

Noted                                     Experienced


Problem:  The water seemed to be cloudier than ever.

Fix: The water was cloudier than ever.


Problem: He thought he’d never seen a cuter dog.

Fix: He’d never seen a cuter dog.


Problem: She felt sad when she lost the race.

Fix: Tears ran down her face when she crossed the finish line in second place.


Problem: They saw two buzzards eating a dead skunk.

Fix: Two buzzards pecked at a dead skunk.


Now a Member of W.O.R.D.

ANNOUNCEMENT! Granbury Writers’ Bloc is proud to announce that we are now members of W.O.R.D. – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas (https://www.wordwriters.org )

WORD is a network of 30 writing organizations in North Texas consisting of over 1,000 people interested in and involved in all aspects of writing, from critiquing to editing to screenwriting to education and even more exciting stuff like contests and conferences.

GWB’s membership in WORD will afford our members access to a large pool of like-minded individuals with which we can network, and from which we can continue our growth and learning of all things writing.

We look forward to seeing GWB’s ‘teardrop’ on their map along with all our fellow organizations.