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Fifty fabulous questions to ask an author
Author interviews are a consistent staple of book blogging and writer blogs. But sometimes the questions posed are a little generic, not inviting deeper engagement, or not showcasing well wh...
Writing Compelling Fight Scenes
by guest author Jenelle Leanne Schmidtimage by Earl35 for morguefileLet’s face it, one of the best things about reading fantasy fiction is the big, epic battle sequences we get to participat...
Keep them turning pages with these simple techniques
End scenes with uncertainty more often than resolutionYou've heard it over and over--readers, agents and editors love "page turners." So you work hard creating characters that readers will i...
Tips for getting better beta reading
For the uninitiated, a beta reader is to an author what a beta tester is to an inventor or a manufacturer's research and development division--someone who takes your product for a trial run,...
Writing lessons from Sarah Dessen
Image: https://morguefile.com/creative/EsquadrilhadaFumaaI've enjoyed Sarah Dessen's YA contemporary novels for many years now, and her most recent, Saint Anything, did not disappoint.Dessen...
Building a compelling fantasy world and cast
Today's guest Rachel Rossano has taken her love of history to a whole new level--creating an alt-history world that resembles Renaissance Europe, with some unique twists in how she brings fa...
Fleshing out a thin story: thin conflict
In my previous post in this series, "Fleshing out a thin story: thin characterization," I discussed the ways in which manuscripts drafted hastily, such as during NaNoWriMo, can have some are...
In sickness and in health: being a writer in flu season
I hope to return to my series on expanding underwritten manuscripts in the coming weeks. But since I'm sick, and my family is as well (on and off for about seven weeks now. Not kidding.), I ...
Fleshing out a thin story: thin characterization
Photo by jackileigh at morguefile.comNaNoWriMonth has wrapped up for 2016, a time when many writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. On question that often pops up on ...
Write What You Know and Then Some: Deep Research Methods
By guest author Marianne SciuccoImage credit: https://morguefile.com/creative/rikahiMy daughter had been swimming for five years when I came up with the idea to write a novel about girls’ va...
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