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How Do You Write? Paper vs. Computer

How Do You Write? Paper vs. Computer I’m always looking for ways to improve my writing. Certain tools and habits help me get into the writing groove, while others can be distracting. One choice that can affect our writing is whether to use paper or a computer. Like an artist knowing which brush to use […]

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5 Key Ingredients All Young Adult Novels Must Have

The young adult market is unyielding in popularity, at least for the foreseeable future, but this also means it’s a flooded market with content published daily. So the big question right now is how can an author stand out from the crowd? The answer is writing a seriously great YA novel. That may seem like […]

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What Makes a Reader and Character Connect

Guest post by Ryan Lanz How does a reader connect with a character? This is a well-debated question, and one that many authors have asked themselves. It can mean the difference between a novel’s life and death. “Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more […]

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13 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

Dialogue is extremely important to a story, and the best writers know how to use this to their advantage. Sure, you can argue there are “no rules for writing,” but by using these tips for writing better dialogue you’ll be encouraged as your scenes feel tighter, your characters grow, and the story captivates. When writing […]

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The Allure of the Cliffhanger

Dictionary.com defines “cliffhanger” as: — n 1. A melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense in order to interest the reader or viewer in the next installment. As well as: — n  1. A situation of imminent disaster usually occurring at the end of each episode of a serialized film 2. A situation that is dramatic or uncertain We are all familiar with cliffhangers in TV shows and books; they sometimes excite us or enrage us…or both. As a writer, there is an allure of ending a novel with a cliffhanger (especially ones that […]

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Working Out the Kinks in Your Manuscript…or When the Story Just isn’t Working

I recently read a blog post about what to do when you get stuck writing your novel. What happens when you hit a wall in your manuscript and just can’t get past it? Usually, it’s not for a lack of creativity or trying. You are not forever “blocked”, but you are sort of stuck and […]

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