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The Writer’s Guide to Creating the Plot of a Story

The Writer’s Guide to Creating the Plot of a Story

February 26, 2019

Great page-turning stories live or die by their plots. “I took the dog to the park” doesn’t interest me. “You won’t believe what happened when I took the dog to the park” interests me. I want to know what happened, so I’ll stick with you as long as your story holds me. To keep me […]

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Novel research

3 Research Hacks for Your Novel

April 24, 2018

Guest post by Dave Chesson Research can make or break your novel. When readers choose your book, they expect to be transported into a believable and engrossing world. Research is the key to creating an immersive environment to be enjoyed and savored. Conversely, a badly researched novel can shatter the suspension of disbelief, causing your […]

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How to Write a Prologue for Your Novel

How to Write a Prologue for Your Novel

February 13, 2018

Do you start your novel with a Prologue? Or do you dive right into Chapter One? The choice can determine whether readers are drawn in or never get past the first page. I lean away from a Prologue whenever possible. When I do use one, it’s only because there’s backstory the reader cannot do without. […]

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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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Figurines on Keyboard

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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