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89+ Outstanding Gift Ideas for Writers and Storytellers

89+ Outstanding Gift Ideas for Writers and Storytellers

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...

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How to Write the Perfect Backstory for Any Character

How to Write the Perfect Backstory for Any Character

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...

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5 Ways You’re Writing Your Dialogue Wrong

5 Ways You’re Writing Your Dialogue Wrong

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)....

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A Professional Question of Murder – (Flash Fiction)

A Professional Question of Murder – (Flash Fiction)

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...

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Our Human Secret – Flash Fiction

Our Human Secret – Flash Fiction

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...

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How Many Characters Should Your Story Have?

How Many Characters Should Your Story Have?

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.

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An Unexpected Death | Flash Fiction

An Unexpected Death | Flash Fiction

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.

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The Vast Size of Old Age (Flash Fiction

The Vast Size of Old Age (Flash Fiction

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.

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Breaking the Law…s | Short Fiction

Breaking the Law…s | Short Fiction

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...

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