4 Tips For Writing a Trauma Disclosure In Deep POV
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4 Tips For Writing a Trauma Disclosure In Deep POV

by Lisa Hall-Wilson I am frequently asked how to write a verbal disclosure of trauma in fiction. So, usually one character has a trauma backstory they’ve never told anyone about, and at some point in the story, they decide they need to share that history with someone. This is such a courageous and difficult thing Read more

Want Your Characters to Stand Out? Give Them a Skill
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Want Your Characters to Stand Out? Give Them a Skill

by Angela Ackerman One worry that can plague writers is whether their characters are original enough or not. After all, readers meet a lot of characters over time, so how can writers make sure their characters are fresh and interesting? How can they make sure their story’s cast has that WOW factor that ensures they Read more

Who Are YOUR Readers and Why Does it Matter?
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Who Are YOUR Readers and Why Does it Matter?

by Kathleen Baldwin How well do you know your readers? If you’re not published, how well do you know your potential readers? It always surprises me when I ask that question and get blank stares from the writers in my classes. This is a vitally important question. You may think you are writing for whoever Read more

Embracing the Mystery: Deep POV
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Embracing the Mystery: Deep POV

by Lori Brown Hypothesis: an idea or theory that is not proven but that leads to further study or discussion merriam-webster.com My tenuous relationship with Deep POV went like this: Q: What’s Deep POV? A: I can’t tell you, but I know it when I see it. This worked well enough—until it didn’t.  So I Read more

Terraforming: Worldbuilding for Sci-fi Authors
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Terraforming: Worldbuilding for Sci-fi Authors

by Joseph Lallo, @jrlallo There are few more liberating genres than science fiction. Unfettered by petty limitations like technology or the laws of physics, a sci-fi setting can be crafted to suit the whims of the storyteller and the needs of the story. But anyone who has consumed more than a few pieces of sci-fi Read more

In Medias Res—A Very Good Place to Start Your Novel
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In Medias Res—A Very Good Place to Start Your Novel

by Karen Debonis Over twenty years ago, when I decided to write a memoir, I knew next to nothing about creative writing. But I had a story to tell—the tale of my eleven-year-old son’s diagnosis with a brain tumor. After enough friends told me, “You should write a book,” I decided to dive in. I’d Read more

To Comma, or Not to Comma (Part 2)
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To Comma, or Not to Comma (Part 2)

Lori Freeland Welcome to comma central, where we’re talking about all things comma. Among most writers, you’ll find a consensus when it comes to this tiny, ambiguous mark. They don’t like it. It’s too confusing. When do you use it? Where do you use it? Why do you use it? And who even cares, really? Read more

Channel Your Inner James Bond to Boost Writing Success
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Channel Your Inner James Bond to Boost Writing Success

Colleen Story Whether you’re a James Bond fan or not, you can adopt some of his strengths to improve your writing career. I’ve enjoyed the action and excitement of James Bond in the past, but I became a huge fan when Daniel Craig took over the role. I thought he brought a lot more feeling Read more

10 Keys to Successful Publishing
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10 Keys to Successful Publishing

by Penny Sansevieri I’ve written a lot of pieces on publishing success. I’ve talked about picking the right publisher, finding an editor, etc. All helpful, for sure but this time I wanted to dig a bit deeper into the keys to successful publishing. I’ve been coaching authors for years on publishing, marketing, idea creation. You Read more