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All-Important Considerations When Crafting a Scene

Pleased to welcome C.S. Lakin back to the blog for a tremendously helpful post on what to keep in the front of your mind when crafting a scene. Read on and bookmark this great list! Anyone who says writing a … Continue reading

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Want Readers to Fall in Love With Your Hero? Create The Perfect Hero Lens

We writers worry about all sorts of things: traits, arcs, themes, motives etc. But even when we’ve got all of those things sorted, bridging the gap between the black ink and the reader’s heart can still require something more… That … Continue reading

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Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Yoga Instructor

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

Happy 2019, people! You know the saying: New year. New you. New eyes on your first page? Angela and I may be gearing up for the release of our next book, but I’ve got just enough time to squeeze in … Continue reading

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Start Your Writing Year Right!

Happy New Year, everyone! We are so excited to see what 2019 will bring. Perhaps this year is a bit more exciting for us as we have a book launch happening soon and a unbelievable new tool coming to our … Continue reading

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Seasons Greetings! A List of Great Writing Craft Articles for Holiday Reading

The clock is ticking down to the last days before Christmas so it’s time for Becca and I to unplug and be with our families. Thank you so much for spending another year with us, and we look forward to … Continue reading

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Goal-Oriented Storytelling: Attachment

Imagine you’re playing your first game of Scrabble with a friend. You haven’t been taught the rules of the game, but you know the general idea is to make words and place them on the game board. Your friend gives … Continue reading

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Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Fundraiser

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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How Writers Are Part of a Humanitarian Chain

As we head toward the end of the year, I find myself thinking more about what writers do and the opportunity that arises every time we settle our fingers on the keyboard. Beyond the words and flow of the story … Continue reading

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Rules? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules

After we’ve been writing for a while, we’ve heard our share of writing rules. Sometimes we’re taught to avoid certain techniques, like prologues. Or we might be told that some storytelling approaches are too risky, such as using second-person point … Continue reading

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