Writing Tips — Mary L. Hamilton

Today I’m happy to introduce Mary to you…


Suspense author M L Hamilton never let monsters under the bed bother her, but the man hiding in her closet kept her awake many a night. She never figured out who he was or how he managed to hide in her messy closet, but she has imagined all sorts of other scary situations since then that she hopes will turn into more mystery/suspense novels. Besides writing, she also enjoys knitting, spending time with family, and a little amateur photography. She and her husband live in Texas. You can connect with her here:

Website: www.maryhamiltonbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryhamiltonbooks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mlhamiltonauthor

The Power of Words

Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “Words—so innocent and powerless as they are as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

Recently, I’ve been impressed with the power of words. It’s easy to think they’re simply an arrangement of letters intended to convey a meaning. And sometimes, truly, that’s all they are. But other times…

Put them together the right way and they’ll have us wiping uncontrollable tears from our eyes. Rearrange them or use other words, and our sides will ache from laughing so hard. Still another sequence of words might make us look over our shoulder and check the locks on our doors. Words can incite hostility or soothe hurt feelings. Words can inspire or discourage, build up or tear down.

This shouldn’t surprise us. From the very beginning, according to Genesis, God created the heavens, the earth, the celestial bodies, plants and animals by speaking words. Later, the gospel of John calls Jesus the Word, and all the gospels record how Jesus’s words healed diseases and brought people back from the dead. John also tells us describes how Roman soldiers and temple guards came to arrest Jesus. He spoke two words—only two words that caused this crowd of armed military men to draw back and fall to the ground.

As writers, our job is to harness the power of words. Some may perform like workhorses plowing a field, while others sing and dance like fairies in a fantasy forest. Are you aware of the power of the words you write? It’s hard to imagine, especially when you’re facing a blank page. But know the power of your words, and use it wisely.


A field trip gone awry. A student gone missing.

Haunted by a teacher’s worst nightmare for more than a decade, Elaine finally stumbles across a vital clue—and discovers someone will do anything to keep the truth buried. When her life is threatened, she allows the one person she trusts to whisk her away to safety in Texas. But assuming a false identity and hiding among the quirky residents of a retirement home is not what she had in mind. Now Elaine must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out if her friend is keeping her from danger…or keeping her from the truth.

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