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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Extraordinary Heroes

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Extraordinary Heroes

How do you write a hero who stands out? Not any ordinary hero... ...we're talking about writing a hero who is... Inspiring Full of character So addicting your readers will beg for sequels... This article will give you a firm grasp on how to write a truly engaging...

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Short Fiction – “Selfless”

Short Fiction – “Selfless”

  Stop everything. Within forty-eight millionths of a second, the world locked in place. I couldn't lift my arms, nor move my lips. Drops of rain came to a halt, some frozen in the air above my windshield, some exploding like crystal flowers against the glass. To...

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Writer’s Guide: How to Pace Your Story

Writer’s Guide: How to Pace Your Story

There was a nervous energy rippling through the rows of people. Through the window, I could see the brilliant orange and purple sunset dripping below the horizon. I couldn't pinpoint the exact moment the airplane started moving, but I could tell we were picking up...

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The Man with the Golden Pun

The Man with the Golden Pun

A drop of sweat rolled down his forehead, and slid into his eyes. It stung. Mr. Blond sucked in his breath. He turned his head away, making a clandestine attempt to wipe away the sweat before the Judges noticed. One of the judges cleared her throat, "Something wrong,...

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How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?

How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?

How many hours does it take to write a first draft? The short answer is it should take around 100 hours to finish your first draft. And when I say around, I mean it could take you anywhere from 50 to literally infinite hours, depending on how you write and how...

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Who cares about authorial intent?

Who cares about authorial intent?

Last week, the 'Front Page of the Internet' went insane. Again. This is the perfect time to talk about ownership, authorial intent, and why you have no control over what your audience thinks. And, hell, why not start a discussion? Congratulations! After decades of...

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Letter to a Loved One (Flash Fiction: Under 100 Words)

Letter to a Loved One (Flash Fiction: Under 100 Words)

You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for you. You, so slow and laughably unintelligent. Yet, I don't know where I would be without you. Your glow, like the sickly light of a bug zapper, a blinding beacon in the dark. Your warmth, almost unbearable, but that’s...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Outline

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Outline

Didn't you know? A bad outline is the death of a good story. How can you be creative when everything is already planned out for you? No emotion in the writer, no emotion in the reader. How can you follow this rule when you already know everything that’s going to...

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How Can We Sing? (300 Word Fiction)

How Can We Sing? (300 Word Fiction)

In such a strange land, they found themselves surrounded by nothing familiar. There was the sun, but it was wrong, and the mountains, those were wrong also. Here, they could not hear The Song, and so they could not sing. Muhlirim knew they would die. “But all must...

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What’s Wrong with Mad Max: Fury Road?

What’s Wrong with Mad Max: Fury Road?

Redemption [ri-demp-shuh n] noun. - 1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed. This is for you, George Miller. I don't know if you chose the wrong theme for your film, or you forgot what you were writing halfway through,...

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Why You Need a Theme – And How It Can Kill Your Writing

Why You Need a Theme – And How It Can Kill Your Writing

This was the last thing Swen said to me, before he jumped off the cliff: “I’m going to do something that you will never forget. Witness me.” As he fell upon the war band, I watched as a car, covered in spikes, collided with his body. I watched as the explosives fell...

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Starting Your Next BIG Project – 3 Simple Steps

Starting Your Next BIG Project – 3 Simple Steps

Do you want to write a book? You want to start a blog? You've been thinking about this project for a while, but it seems so huge, you don't know where to start (or maybe, you're just too afraid)? Good. The size of this task may be threatening, but you are the...

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The Outward Path (Short Story – 5000 Words)

The Outward Path (Short Story – 5000 Words)

Now available in all ebook formats, free of charge. Download here from Smashwords or purchase from Amazon (I'm still waiting on Amazon to discover that it's free on Smashwords, so for the moment, it's only free on Smashwords. I'll update this when it's changed)....

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Too Many Names? A Tip for Cleaning Up Your Writing

Too Many Names? A Tip for Cleaning Up Your Writing

“The Word of Wigaldir calls you!” “Eternal life in Enga’s arms.” “Fear not, sinners. Lether the Blessed will bring us to salvation!” Like the mating calls of jungle birds, voices sailed over our heads, clamoring for our attention. Bristling with energy and humid with...

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First, You Must Climb Down – Facing Your Unknowns

First, You Must Climb Down – Facing Your Unknowns

I was safe, and I was suffocating. Grass and mud stuck to my legs, and the wet dirt squelched under my sandals. I was on a hill, and all I could do was look, turning from one direction to the next, terrified of making the wrong move. If I move, I will slip. I will...

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Love and Sex and Poetry – What’s Your Favorite?

Love and Sex and Poetry – What’s Your Favorite?

“If my Valentine you won't be, I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” -Ernest Hemingway Today, millions of people will be in love. Today, millions of people will be in tears. And today, millions of people probably won't care that it's Valentine's Day. But I care. I...

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