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Escape The Slush Pile: Elements of a Successful Query Pitch

Heads up! Pitch Pro Sarah Isaacson has a Query Clinic here PACKED with info to help you escape the slush pile. For length, my intro is short, so read on for a bounty of query advice gold to put into action. … Continue reading

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How to Tell If Your Story Needs a Resolution

One of the last things you’ll consider for a story is whether to write a resolution. This short sequence of scenes (or a single scene) after the climax can conclude secondary storylines, offer a glimpse into the protagonist’s new life, … Continue reading

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Occupational Thesaurus Entry: Interpreter

Jobs are as important for our characters as they are for real people. A character’s career might be their dream job or one they’ve chosen due to necessity. In your story, they might be trying to get that job or … Continue reading

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10 Methods to Make Your Character Likeable

A key point of writing a successful story is to have likeable characters. This is usually a must for the protagonist, but the cast overall should have a number of likeable characters. Here are 10 methods to accomplish that. 1) … Continue reading

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Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Exotic Dancer

Jobs are as important for our characters as they are for real people. A character’s career might be their dream job or one they’ve chosen due to necessity. In your story, they might be trying to get that job or … Continue reading

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Writing By Design: A New Way To Envision Storytelling

Part 1: The Significance of Space As writers, we often think of ourselves as “word people,” fully entrenched in the realm of language and all things verbal. Yet we have more in common with our artsy counterparts than we think. … Continue reading

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Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Emergency Dispatcher

Jobs are as important for our characters as they are for real people. A character’s career might be their dream job or one they’ve chosen due to necessity. In your story, they might be trying to get that job or … Continue reading

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Critiques 4 U!

Oh my gosh, people! What a roller coaster the last two weeks (months??) have been. But The Emotional Wound Thesaurus has officially been released into the wild, launch week is done, and now Angela and I can safely collapse :). … Continue reading

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Writers Are Beautiful People…And No Matter What, They Persevere

Just a very quick note to thank everyone who participated in #writerspersevere. Oh my gosh, the stories we read…you guys truly are amazing people. Becca and I admire you so much. It is clear to us that just like the … Continue reading

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Help Us Celebrate The Incredible Strength of Writers (And A New Book!)

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Emotional Trauma is out in the world! Full disclosure: this book was not easy to write. Emotional wounds are not fictional–they create heartache in the real world, too. Life, as we are … Continue reading

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