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How To Create Memorable Characters: 8 Little-Known Sleights of Hand

Do we always have to create memorable characters?


It depends on the genre.

In an all-action thriller focused on pace and plot, everyone but the key players can be wafer-thin. They’re disposable.

The same is often true of detective fiction, even the quality sort. In John Dickson Carr’s famous ‘locked room’ mysteries, the only rounded character is the sleuth, Gideon Fell, and he’s larger than life.

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How To Soar Like An Eagle As A Writer

Soar like an eagle post image 300Do you wonder why some writers soar in their careers while others never get off the ground? We all like to think that luck has much to do with why writers soar in their careers. Listen to any interview by a famous writer and you’ll hear about their lucky break. But that’s not the full story. Because they create their own luck. But it isn’t just luck. It’s something else, too.

What Is The Story Behind This Image? (Creative Writing Exercise)

what is the story 300It's time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity. Take a look at the image above. What's the story? Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?

Creating Author Websites: The Definitive Guide

[caption id="attachment_17162" align="alignright" width="300"]creating author websites Woman sketching a social network on virtual screen[/caption] If you want to be discovered as a writer, there’s an important question you need to consider. Can agents, publishers and readers find you? The bitter truth is, if you can't be found, nobody can discover you. In this post, you'll learn how to be found by creating an author website.

Writing Success: How To Engineer Your Novel For It

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It’s fair to ask, “What does engineering a novel mean?”

To paraphrase Webster, to engineer is to create and design large structures or new products or systems by using scientific methods.

But writing a novel is art, not science… isn’t it? Many writers develop their novels in ways anything but scientific.

Which isn’t necessarily the right way to go about it.

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Creative Writing Exercise: What Happened Here?

Creative Writing Exercise

It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity.

Take a look at the image above.

What’s the story?

Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?

Here’s how it works:

  • We set the scene
  • You make it your own, and
  • Share your creation in the comments section of this post

 Now for the ground rules:

  • Your story must be 350 words or less.

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Why You Need to use a Pen Name (And How to Go About Finding One)

Use a pen nameDo you need to use a pen name?

It depends.

There are some important reasons why it’s a good idea.

There are seven reasons why you might choose to use a pen name:

1. Your name is difficult to spell and remember.
For example, you may have a long, hyphenated name or your name is of difficult to pronounce or write in English.


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How To Be A Successful Author: Smash Through 7 Writing Roadblocks

how to be a successful authorDo you wonder what’s holding you back as a writer?

You know you want to write. It’s compulsive.

You find yourself scribbling stories all the time.

Your friends say good things about your work.

So why aren’t you a more successful author?

Don’t feel ashamed to ask yourself that question.

Every writer asks it, even if their books glitter at Amazon.

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The 5 Irrefutable Signs You Need To Start A Writing Project Now

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What you’re best at…sits at the core of your passion.
-Mary Karr, Liar’s Club and Art of the Memoir

Is this the year you’re finally going to write your self-help book or memoir?

Your business book?

Your how-to classic?

Your novel?

Is there a way to know if it’s the right time—or the right year—to start a writing project?

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The 6 Best Writing Resources – The Great Writing Challenge: Part 2

best writing resourcesIf you want to climb a mountain, you need equipment.

You need a map, protective clothing, hiking boots, food and water.

Oh, and taking a guide along is also useful.

It’s the same with the Great Writing Challenge.

After dusting off your writing dream, you need to make it come true. And for that, you need equipment.

You need the best writing resources.… Read More »