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Personalizing Your Character’s Emotional Wound

Personalizing Your Character’s Emotional Wound

December 5, 2017

Guest blog by: Becca Puglisi Emotional wounds are tricky to write about. Abuse, betrayal, victimization, and the death of a loved one may exist in our characters’ pasts and so must be explored. But these are also real life events that cause damage to real people. So as I talk today about personalizing wounds for […]

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Character development in writing

The Ultimate Guide to Character Development: 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Heroes

September 6, 2017

You’ve settled on the idea for your novel. You’ve narrowed it to a sentence or two, and you’re ready to tackle what seems an insurmountable task—breathing life into your lead character. If you’re an Outliner (one who outlines your novel first), it’s time for character development, an endeavor not for wimps. Spellbinding stories feature believable […]

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How to Create Dazzling Dialogue

July 10, 2017

Guest blog by Gabriela Pereira Of all aspects of the writing craft, dialogue is by far my favorite. Maybe it’s because dialogue makes me feel like I’m in the scene with the characters or lets me see their dynamic personalities bounce off each other. Or maybe it’s just because I’m impatient and don’t like to weed […]

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How to write short stories

How to Write a Short Story That Captivates Your Reader

June 6, 2017

Trying to write a short story is the perfect place to begin your writing career. Why? Because it reveals many of the obstacles, dilemmas, and questions you’ll face when creating fiction of any length. If you find these things knotty in a short story, imagine how profound they would be in a book-length tale. Most […]

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How to write a book

How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps

May 1, 2017

So you want to write a book. Becoming an author can change your life—not to mention give you the ability to impact thousands, even millions, of people. However, writing a book is no cakewalk. As a 21-time New York Times bestselling author, I can tell you: It’s far easier to quit than to finish. When […]

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