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How to outline a novel

How to Outline a Novel: Your Complete Guide

June 3, 2020

If you’re a Pantser (one who writes by the seat of your pants), outlining a novel can appear impossible. Trust me, I know. I’ve written nearly 200 books, had 21 New York Times bestsellers, and sold over 71 million copies—and guess what? I’m not an… [Continue reading below]

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How to Create Memorable Character Names

How to Create Memorable Character Names

June 2, 2020

Naming your characters doesn’t sound that hard, does it?  Then why is it? Naming characters can be nearly as stressful as naming a newborn. You want something interesting and memorable, but not quirky or outrageous—unless you’re writing a comedy. You definitely don’t want to be… [Continue reading below]

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How to Write Dialogue

How to Write Dialogue That Captivates Your Reader

May 11, 2020

If your writing bores you, it’ll put your reader to sleep.  And unfortunately, your first reader will be an agent or an editor.  Your job is to make every word count—the only way to keep your reader riveted until the end, which is no small… [Continue reading below]

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How to Write a Compelling Story Arc

How to Create a Compelling Story Arc

April 14, 2020

You’ve got a great story idea you’re confident can become a page turner.  This is the one that won’t leave you alone. Every time you think or speak of it, you embellish it. Now what?  Plan your story like you’d plan a vacation — you… [Continue reading below]

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The Writer’s Guide to Worldbuilding

The Writer’s Guide to Worldbuilding: How to Create Captivating Settings

March 30, 2020

A book like A Game of Thrones, a movie like Star Wars, or even a video game like Final Fantasy can make it appear their creators have effortlessly built a fantasy world out of nothing. In fact, these worlds may feel as real as the… [Continue reading below]

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