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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 …

Creative Writing

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 …

Ernest Hemingway

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 …

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 …

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. …

Creative Writing
Creative Writing

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 …

Writing

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 …

Creative Writing

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 …