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How To Create Memorable Characters: 8 Little-Known Sleights of Hand

Do we always have to create memorable characters? No. It depends on the genre. In an all-action thriller focused on pace and plot, everyone but the key players can be wafer-thin. They’re disposable. The same is often true of detective fiction, even the quality sort. In John Dickson Carr’s famous ‘locked room’ mysteries, the only rounded […]

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Why You Need to use a Pen Name (And How to Go About Finding One)

Do you need to use a pen name? It depends. There are some important reasons why it’s a good idea. There are seven reasons why you might choose to use a pen name: 1. Your name is difficult to spell and remember. For example, you may have a long, hyphenated name or your name is […]

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How To Be A Successful Author: Smash Through 7 Writing Roadblocks

Do you wonder what’s holding you back as a writer? You know you want to write. It’s compulsive. You find yourself scribbling stories all the time. Your friends say good things about your work. So why aren’t you a more successful author? Don’t feel ashamed to ask yourself that question. Every writer asks it, even […]

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The 5 Irrefutable Signs You Need To Start A Writing Project Now

What you’re best at…sits at the core of your passion. -Mary Karr, Liar’s Club and Art of the Memoir Is this the year you’re finally going to write your self-help book or memoir? Your business book? Your how-to classic? Your novel? Is there a way to know if it’s the right time—or the right year—to […]

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The 6 Best Writing Resources – Great Writing Challenge: Part 2

If you want to climb a mountain, you need equipment. You need a map, protective clothing, hiking boots, food, and water. Oh, and taking a guide along is also useful. It’s the same with the Great Writing Challenge. After dusting off your writing dream, you need to make it come true. And for that, you need […]

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Are Your Ready For The Great Writing Challenge 2016? [Part 1: Overcome Barriers]

From the Editor-in-Chief, Mary Jaksch: Do you have dreams of writing a book? Or of starting a journal, writing a memoir, creating a report, writing guest posts, writing a blog, or any other activity that involves writing? Make your dreams come true in 2016 and achieve your writing goals! Just imagine how proud you’ll be […]

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Writing Fiction: 6 Lessons I Learned From Freelance Writing

Do you dream of writing fiction? I never imagined I’d write children’s books. I thought I’d found my groove writing online and for print media for over 25 years, freelancing for 12 of those. A few years ago, my groove began feeling like a rut, and I began to think about writing fiction. I’ve always been a reader, but […]

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How to Bond With Your Readers: The Pain and Glory of Writing

Have you ever shied away from writing a scene in your story because it was too painful? Because it triggered memories you’d rather forget? You were thrust back into trauma: a marital breakup, bereavement, personal humiliation or some other horrific event. Yet, if you dumb down that scene you’ll wreck the story. Even if your experience […]

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Creative Writing Exercise: Write About Your Most-Loved Pet

Would you like to write about your most-love pet? Is there a story you remember about him or her? Here is a pet story I came across recently: When Moe, the dog died, three-year-old Luke Westbrook pined for his four-legged friend. In the end, Luke’s mother came up with the idea to write a weekly letter […]

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What James Patterson Told Me About Writing

“Would you like to have lunch with James Patterson?” I would. So would many of you, I guess. I’ve been a James Patterson fan for quite some time. So when I had the opportunity to have lunch with the world’s bestselling author in Sydney, Australia in May this year, I immediately finalized my travel plans. […]

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