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Character Building: How Much Planning Should I Do? (PART 1)

Not sure how much brainstorming needs to go into each character? You’re not alone. It’s a struggle for many, and unfortunately, there’s no single “right” answer. It really depends on the character’s importance in the story, their function or role, … Continue reading

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Conflict Thesaurus: Running Out of Critical Supplies

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading

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Critiques 4 U—Guest Editor Edition!

It’s time for our monthly critique contest, and I’m excited to be able to introduce a new guest editor! We’ve been working with Christina Kaye on a couple of marketing fronts, and we’re so happy to have her here today … Continue reading

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Might as Well Jump—into the Third Act

Have you ever been burned by your story? Often, authors get burned in the second act, and when it’s time to start the third act, the writing can feel like a relationship gone bad. By this point, it feels a bit … Continue reading

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Being Physically Assaulted by a Stranger

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading

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The Occupation Thesaurus Guide Is Releasing Soon…Will You Help Us?

One thing that never gets old is being able to share when a new book in on its way, so as you might imagine, Becca and I are pretty happy to pen this post. The Occupation Thesaurus will be here … Continue reading

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How Plotlines Add Dimension

When writing a novel, you need to use more than one plotline. In fact, most successful books need at least three. If they only have one or two, the story will feel flat, bloated, or repetitive, because the writer doesn’t … Continue reading

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Physical Exhaustion

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading

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Celebrating Writer Moms (with a 50% Book Bundle Discount!)

You have a mom. We have moms. Some of us have moms we’ve adopted or who have adopted us. And we all know others who are great moms, people we admire, look up to, and try to emulate. And then … Continue reading

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Unknowingly Sharing Incorrect Information

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading

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