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Writing Well With Scrivener

ScrivenerSome writers are able to produce epic work no matter their situation or circumstance. You know the type. The rare few who are able to conjure up a masterpiece with nothing more than a piece of paper and a pencil, during their lunch hour, without losing focus or quality. Realistically, most of us aren’t like […]

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Women of Indie Horror By Liesalette Sarell

Guest post by Liesalette Sarell A picturesque beautiful spring day inside a cul-de-sac on the far south-side of Chicago, a suburb where the houses lined the streets in a maze of trees and manicured lawns, this instant neighborhood amongst the factories and railroads was built in the late fifties, all the kids were outside playing and […]

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Writing Good Villans

Guest Post by Ash Grey Hello, girls and bugs. Your friendly neighborhood dragon is here with a post that demonstrates how to write an effective villain. Over the years that I’ve been writing and sharing online, attending college courses, and sampling media with badly written villains, I’ve had many opportunities to acquaint myself with what […]

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5 Tips for Writing Mystery and Suspense by Tony Lee Moral

Having written three books on the film director Alfred Hitchcock, the famed Master of Suspense, I specialise in mystery and suspense writing. I used his principles when writing my new novel , set in Monterey Bay, California. Nearly all stories do well with suspense, no matter the genre. Suspense has largely to do with the […]

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A Writing Tip to Get your Readers to Return by Shelby Londyn-Heath

Writer’s workshops and creative writing classes teach writers the same thing: have confidence and never quit writing. Granted, this is good advice and writers should heed it, but let me give you another tip: believe in your readers.    Have faith that your readers will arrive at your writing with eager imaginations. When you trust your […]

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Writing Historical Fiction by Brittany Weekley

Guest post by When I started writing, I had no idea that I would eventually become a historical fiction author. I have always been fascinated with history in general, but writing stories based around it wasn’t something I really started to think about until I got older. The first draft of  was an amazing learning […]

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How to Write About Tough Topics in Young Adult Fiction by Charlotte Young

Charlotte Young How to Write About Tough Topics in Young Adult Fiction

Guest post by BY There are plenty of tough topics to write about and the YA fiction shelves, whether wooden or virtual, are spilling over with stories about subjects such as suicide, rape, bullying, sexuality and mental illness, to name just a few of the hard-core, neon lights of ‘tough’. How to speak authentically about […]

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7 Ways to Make Your Historical Fiction Novel Come to Life by Patty Dickson Pieczka

Patty Dickson Pieczka 7 Ways to Make Your Historical Fiction Novel Come to Life

Guest Post by Patty Dickson Pieczka How do you transport your readers to a time you’ve never visited yourself? You become an expert. Immerse yourself in everything you can find about your time period. You never want your book to break character and lapse into the modern day. Let little details create the image Allow no […]

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How to Keep a Thriller Thrilling by Nagwa Malik

Nagwa Malik How to Keep a Thriller Thrilling

Guest post by Nagwa Malik Writing a thriller, any thriller, is actually much easier than writing a mystery, for example. The thrill is basically the emotion one feels when one’s in suspense, when one’s heart beats faster – or not at all. It is a state of agitation, a state of nerves. Any little thing can […]

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Writing Compelling Dystopian Fiction – One Author’s Opinion

Writing Compelling Dystopian Fiction One Authors Opinion

Guest Post by Britt Holewinski I began writing my first “young adult, dystopian” novel in 1995, before the genre was the commercial giant it is today and when “dystopian” brought to mind to George Orwell’s 1984 and other frightening classics. I was in high school, and having just read Lord of the Flies, I began imagining […]

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To Write a Thrilling Thriller By Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross To Write a Thrilling Thriller

Guest Post By Alistair Cross Generally speaking, the mystery novel’s goal is to solve a crime while thrillers seek to prevent it, but never having been big on following rules and regulations, my collaborator Tamara Thorne and I fiendishly merged these standards together for our latest release, Mother. We eagerly thrust our protagonists, expectant couple […]

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Why We Love Multiple Points of View By Tamara Thorne

Tamara Thorne Why We Love Multiple Points of View

Guest Post by Tamara Thorne When Alistair Cross and I began writing our psychological thriller, Mother, we had only four characters in mind. Priscilla Martin (Mother herself), her daughter Claire, Claire’s husband, Jason, and Morning Glory Circle, the street where the action takes place. (For us, location is a character as important as any other.) […]

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Starting a Novel – 17 Things Every Aspiring Writer Should Know by Writer Renita D’Silva

Writing Tips | Starting a Novel - 17 Things Every Aspiring Writer Should Know by Writer Renita D'Silva

Guest article by Renita D’Silva, the author of A Mother’s Secret The sheer scope of a novel, the word count, can be daunting. This is the advice I was given and which has stood me in good stead, even now, five books later: 1. Some writers swear by outlines and planning every detail of their story before […]

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