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Casting and Creating Unforgettable Secondary Characters

It may be the salty aired beach or a long-ago molten path on a dormant volcano that brings us into the story, and the main characters who introduce …

A character that bleeds…

It is a common fallacy that stories are driven by plot. The truth is, the stories that last are the ones driven by character. They’re the ones where …

When the First Draft Gets Rough

<b>“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway</b><p>It didn’t take long for me to realize that my first draft sucked with a capital “S.” Halfway …

Distilling Poetry

Poetry is the ultimate baring of the poet’s inner thoughts. Not to say all poetry will be deep and serious (just as our inner thoughts can be …

Creative Writing

Writing with Style

All writers have experienced the first draft blues. The idea for the story came to us in a flurry of inspiration; the characters sauntered through …

Creative Writing

4 ways to break through writer's block

Good writing may be magical, but it's not magic. It's a series of actions and decisions that can be observed, learned and repeated. If you find …

7 Tips on Writing Great Mystery and Suspense Novels

When plotting my new mystery and suspense novel <i>Ghost Mave</i>n, I was inspired by the works of Alfred Hitchcock, whom I have written three books about. …

The Kafka Band, Writing as an Immigrant, and More

StaffDaily NewsDirector William Friedkin retraces Proust’s footsteps; Utah governor appoints Paisley Rekdal state poet laureate; the American Writers …

Beyond the First Five Pages

Remember, your readers want an opening that takes them somewhere. Image from Creative CommonsAn agent once told me that she reads the first sentence …

Beta Readers: Who Are They And What Do They Do?

When it comes to writing a book, you may often hear the author searching for and requesting beta readers. This happens during or after the editing …

“Write What You Know” is Not Good Writing Advice

You’ve heard it before: Write what you know. I wonder what you think of that, because, frankly, I don’t think much. I’ve been known to pooh-pooh it …

The Best Writing Apps of 2018

Novelists, screenwriters, book authors, and bloggers: Look no further for the best dedicated tool for your craft.<p>Dedicated Writing Apps<p>What …

Stephen King made a frightening proposal with Gwendy's Button Box: Write a story with him.

One should never take candy from strangers. Especially if it comes in a container that may have apocalyptic powers.<p>In <i>Gwendy’s Button Box</i>, the new …