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Scene Structure and How-To.

Building your novel from an idea into a manuscript can be a daunting task if you first don’t lay out a plan. Blueprinting your scenes will pave the road to your story’s success. The following article will give you ample … Continue reading

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How To Foreshadow In Fiction.

A hint here and a dropped clue there, foreshadowing can be one of the most powerful tools a writer has. Done correctly, it can shock and confound the reader, bringing them further into the story. How do you foreshadow? The … Continue reading

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Where To Insert The Inciting Incident

That status quo is shaken, and the real story begins. At what point in your novel should you shake things up for your main character? The placement of the inciting incident varies from story to story. The length of its … Continue reading

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πŸ”Ÿ Worst Hero Tropes

What’s more annoying than a predictable villain? Answer: A predictable hero, of course. How do you steer clear of these horrible tropes? First, you have to be aware of and identify them. The video below will walk you through the … Continue reading

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Writer’s Retreat

So you need to get away, for whatever reason, and get some writing done. Where do you go? How much will it cost? The following list is of some fantastic writer retreats for you to browse and compare. For when … Continue reading

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Challenges Of Writing For A Modern Audience

These days is writing a novel easier, harder, or basically the same as it was in the past? In this age of the super information highway, fake news, and instant gratification do your readers expect more and know more. The … Continue reading

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Creating A Religion For Your Fantasy World

Are you in the process of building a world for your novel? Have you considered all aspects? Within your newly created world is there one or many religions that the inhabitants subscribe to? How does one go about inventing a … Continue reading

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Identifying Your Storys Filler & How to Cut It.

Story filler is like an unnecessary cushion. It may look good but ultimately fulfills no purpose and can harm the reader’s experience. How do you go about identifying and cutting your books filler? The only way to accomplish this is … Continue reading

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Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Common Mistakes

Happy ending vs. sad ending (or no ending.) Easy vs. hard writing. What’s the real difference between literary and genre fiction? We’ve all read literary fiction for school and mostly genre fiction for fun if your anything like me. But … Continue reading

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Creating Conflict In Your Writing With Progressive Complications.

Conflict is king in every story. Without it there’s no reason to read and turn the pages. Just a bunch of happy people living their happy lives–boring. How do you create ongoing conflict? With the use of progressive complications, you … Continue reading

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All Things Character Voice

How do you bring a definitive voice to your characters? Is it different than your author voice? These questions and more will be addressed in the video below and also give you some exercises to work your way into writing … Continue reading

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Inspiration To Write When You Don’t Want To

What’s worse than writer’s block? Lacking the motivation to write can stifle the most prolific of writers. How do you find the will to write when you don’t have the power to pick up the pen? The article below gives … Continue reading

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How To Write Grief And Sadness

After killing off a character do you take the time to write about the grieving process of those around that character? This can sometimes be difficult to accomplish and the article that follows will walk you through the steps needed … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Writing Prompt

She looked up at Devin’s reflection and knew they had to get out of the city before the second wave came through. Once to the woodline, they would have a whole new set of problems.

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Writing, Can You Fake It Till You Make It?

The article below examines the idea that as writers we sometimes attempt to fake our writing to fit our expectations and desires. Can this actually work? Faking Your Writing

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10 Writing Tips To Take To Heart

Ahh, writing tips, we can never get enough. To grow as a writer we must continue to learn and understand the craft. While some tips concentrate on the technique side of writing other hints are there to improve our habits. … Continue reading

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How To Create Strong Female Characters

The damsel in distress days are long gone. Today female characters are self-reliant, strong, and can kickass if need be. They can step into the role of leader and take charge of the situation. However, you don’t want them to … Continue reading

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How To Write A Heartbreaking Character Death

It has been said that the more we put into creating a character the more we must put into killing them. Only makes sense right? When you kill off a character you want your readers to feel the full impact … Continue reading

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Writing Better Dialogue

Better dialogue isn’t just tone and characterization. Unfortunately, it also comes down to punctuation and formatting. After all we want our dialogue to flow seamlessly for the reader so as not to pull them out of the story. Below is … Continue reading

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Overwriting & Underwriting–Which Is Worse?

Does your scene have too much detail? Or is it underwritten to the point you’ve lost your readers? That fine line in between can be a hard one to walk. Both scenarios offer their own problems, and both tend to … Continue reading

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