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23 Dad Jokes That Are So Bad They're Good

Nothing like a good ol' dad joke.

Jokes

The One Big Thing That Most Manuscripts Lack

I’ll admit it: my title is pretty sensationalist. But I can’t bring enough attention to this issue. When we’re hired to do content editing, 95% of …

Five Awesome Semi-Pro Markets for Short Stories

A while back, I linked to 5 Awesome Top-Paying Online Fantasy & Sci-Fi Magazines. While it’s never a bad idea to submit to pro-paying markets, it …

249 Strong Verbs That'll Instantly Supercharge Your Writing

Do you ever wonder why a grammatically correct sentence you’ve written just lies there like a dead fish?<p>I sure have.<p>Your sentence might even be full …

43 Words You Should Cut From Your Writing Immediately

When you’re revising any piece of writing — a novel, a news article, a blog post, marketing copy, etc. — there are certain words you should delete to …

Death Ship: The Ourang Medan Mystery

<b>Ominous tales of ghost ships like the Flying Dutchman and the Mary Celeste have been passed down from one generation of seafarer to the next for</b> …

Aztecs & Elements of Existence

4-Elements by J.C. Vintner<p>An ancient Aztec mythology, The Five Suns, follows along the same concept of four cardinal elements and four cardinal …

Generating Page-Turning Momentum-Characters & The Wound - Kristen Lamb

Can we answer the question, “What is your book about?” in <i>one sentence.</i> Is our answer clear and concise? Does it paint a vivid picture of something …

Writing

Britain’s 7 most amazing ruins

From crag-top castles to crumbling houses, writer Dave Hamilton reveals 7 of Britain's lost ruins…<p><b>In Wild Ruins, the first ever guidebook to</b> …

8 Steps to Discover Your Perfect Writing Process

When I started writing (years ago) I really didn’t have a clue. I was painfully naïve. I thought I could do a first draft (of a short story or a …

Pros and Cons of Being an Indie Author

Shares 1K<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

How to Find Your Character's Motivation

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Didn't You Say You Wanted Fresh Herbs?

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers!!

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Pantser or Plotter: 4 Steps to Writing Organically (and the Science Behind Why You Should) - Part 1

After my last blog post on the four things you must know before starting a novel, in which I suggested not inventing a character, kingdom or creature …

Use This Tip to Test if You're Showing or Telling

We’ve all heard a variation of the advice: show, don’t tell. In other words, don’t tell us what happened, <i>show</i> us. In fact, you’ve even heard “Show, …

How to Create a Setting Sketch Using Scrivener

This continues our series on the basics of writing fiction with Scrivener. Thanks Matt!<p>“If character is the foreground of fiction, setting is the …

One Great Way to Write a Short Story

I am a "second-rate" short story writer.<p>Why would I say that? "Exhibit A" shows the answer. It is a certificate documenting my second-place finish in …

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Finally: science fiction with some science facts

Finally: science fiction with some science facts.

RT @CFudgemuffin: This kid is a genius... http://t.co/cCFmPoJWDu