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Do all your characters sound the same?You are losing readers. Read this to make all your dialogue rapid-fire and intense.read more
Need great gift ideas for a writer? Wouldn’t it be great if there was some giant, massive, so-big-it-could-serve-as-a-second-moon list of outstanding gift ideas for the writer in your life? You got it. This is the ultimate guide to gift ideas for writers. This list...read more
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Do you have too many characters in your story? Get rid of the problem with these three writing fixes from Star Wars.read more
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How does J.K. Rowling write such memorable characters? She uses one trick in all of her Physical Descriptions…read more
He was weak... ...because he had no history. It took me seventeen rewrites (and one editor) before this dawned on me. The reason my readers could not get immersed in my story - was because my main character had a weak backstory. I could tell you everything about...read more
Good dialogue will punch you in the chest. It will swing like a fist out of the dark, and when it hits it will make your heart stop. But when writing dialogue, most writers miss. Even professionals make some major mistakes (I’ll show you a few examples in a minute)....read more
Want to write dialogue like Hemingway? Read this to gain a quick mastery over dialogue conflict and character speech patterns.read more
Want to write during the Holidays? These tips will make sure you survive your family and get a ton of writing done.read more
Bored of your book? Want to write exciting fiction? With these, you will turn your boring story into an unforgettable one.read more
Write chapters that your readers will gobble up like fire burning paper – read this! Your books will be irresistible…read more
These ideas will make your major characters more life-like. Readers will engage faster and get swept up in their lives.
Follow these three techniques and your characters will pop off the page and dance into your readers’ imaginations.read more
Word counts killing you? Read this, and you will be able to conquer NaNoWriMo like the tiny guy always conquers the giant.read more
Afraid to do NaNoWriMo this year? Read this, and you’ll get all the inspiration you need to sign up for the biggest, best writing challenge.read more
Did Melandia Trump plagiarize Michelle Obama on Purpose? Find out what this means for writers everywhere.read more
These 9 strategies will help you build a daily writing habit so powerful, your own friends and family will think something is wrong with you.read more
In this line of work there were few answers, and many questions. One question, in particular, stuck out like a knife from a dead man's chest: "Could you ever kill a friend?" For years, Blay the Assassin thought about it, turning it over and over in the quiet hours of...read more
Number Eight didn't know it, but I knew she wasn't an Android. I don't blame her. I'm no Robot either. The Masterson's only bought me believing I was an Android. I've been lying to them since. Understand this: it was a matter of air quality. The Masterson's, my...read more
Your main goal as writer is to get your reader’s attention.
If your readers can’t remember who’s who in your story, you’re done.
This guide will help you figure out how many characters your story needs, and how to root out the useless characters.read more
The cracking of naked knuckle bones broke the silence, and a long, white finger speared out of the dark. It stopped an inch from my nose.
“CHOOSE!” the voice tolled louder than an iron bell.read more
She rode a speckled grey mare through the towering forests of grain, the flower’s white petals lapping at her shoulder with every stride. Dirt furrows rose and fell like foothills, and the forest of grain never changed-
Until her head was nearly lopped off by a scythe.read more
I swear, I only saw it for the sloths. Yet, by the end of the first two scenes, I had already learned more than enough from Zootopia (2016) to pack up the popcorn, leave the theater, and write this post. I mean, I didn't. I stayed for the sloths. My point is Zootopia...read more
Professor Lou Pole, possibly the greatest mind of his generation, had no business leaving his prestigious (and very high paying job) at ELITE AND NEEDLESSLY EXPENSIVE UNIVERSITY. But he did. When he told his adjuncts and fellow professors where he was moving, each and...read more
In a green, green meadow by the white, stark tundra, stood a bright, young girl beneath a spaceship's dark umbra. With her mouth in the shape of a big, empty "O," she watched the ship rattle and sway, lights all aglow. Not long did she stare, before the ship...read more
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