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Bam! Smack! Pow! Tips for Writing Violence

Bam! Smack! Pow! Tips for Writing Violence by Elizabeth Blake If your book contains action, then chances are you’ve agonized over how to make a fight scene engaging and titillating for your reader. Here are some quick and dirty tips … Continue reading

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GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL!!!! (Said like a soccer announcer)

GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL!!!! (Said like a soccer announcer) by Cody Wagner For this post, I’m going to go back to basics. But don’t skip over it! For serious! I think this topic is so absolutely crucial. It’s one of the most prevalent … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place: Its Role in a Story and What to Capitalize

A Sense of Place: Its Role in a Story and What to Capitalize by Kathleen Watson [NOTE: Stop by to greet Kathy at Barnes & Noble, 13719 W. Bell Road in Surprise, Ariz., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Character Personalities

Character Personalities by Elijah Shoemaker When I started writing my first novel, coincidentally the novel that I am working on at present, I began with your basic brainstorming/mind-mapping/prewriting methods. It was extremely haphazard, since I honestly had next to no … Continue reading

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How Much Is Too Much in Writing Fiction?

How Much Is Too Much in Writing Fiction? by Cody Wagner In my novel, The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren, our protagonist goes off to a pray-away-the-gay boarding school. The homophobia at Sanctuary Preparatory Academy is completely over … Continue reading

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A Leap of Faith

A Leap of Faith by C. K. Thomas A dove has made her nest under the eve of our back porch, a situation I’m sure Jan Karon would find delightful. I read Karon’s books to enjoy and learn from her … Continue reading

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Dialogue Basics

Dialogue Basics by Patrick Hodges If there is one thing I’ve learned a lot about over the last year – as a writer, a reader, and an editor – it’s how NOT to write dialogue. And believe me, I have … Continue reading

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