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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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