Make Your Villains Real: 6 Tips

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Every great story needs a worthy villain. A person who brings out the best and the worst in the protagonist. The bad guy who keeps the plot moving forward, and keeps readers hanging on the edge of their seat. The dark monster contrasting the hero’s brilliant light! But it’s not as simple as that. There … Continue reading Make Your Villains Real: 6 Tips

Write the Hard Stuff: Part 2

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If you missed Part 1, click here. Please keep in mind these are suggestions only. They are meant as advice to help you polish your writing skills and help readers engage more in your work. Think of it as the “seasoning” to your dish--adding flavor to your story. Show us, don’t just tell us. Add … Continue reading Write the Hard Stuff: Part 2

Write the Hard Stuff: Part 1

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Write the Hard Stuff: Part 1 It sounds like a lot of work, right? It is, and in the end it's worth it! But let me begin by explaining what “writing the hard stuff” means: It's that which adds depth to your story and gets people engaged. Writing Fresh: Avoiding the cliché phrases, expressions and descriptions. Subtext: … Continue reading Write the Hard Stuff: Part 1

What Your Faves Have in Common

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What keeps you reading: This is an interesting question to think about before and during the writing process: What do all of your favorite stories have in common? (this can include all media, not just books) Why find out? Because answering this question for yourself may give you an idea of what it is you want … Continue reading What Your Faves Have in Common