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Quotable Quotes

Sometimes when I read a story, I find that it’s just “bleh.” It may be easy to understand, easy to follow, but I have a

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Developing Charisma as an Author

Over the past three decades, I’ve helped a number of writers reach the point where they’ve become international bestsellers, and I’ve spotted a trend. Most

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A Proofreader in Your Pocket

A Proofreader in Your Pocket A Guest Post by Nikolas Baron from Grammarly Do you enjoy editing and proofreading your own work? If you’re like

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When to Focus on Your World

An ad for a popular screenwriting class recently stated, “A great screenplay starts with character,” so their latest offering was on creating great characters. But

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The Price of Magic

Everything in life has a cost. It’s a law so universally understood that we feel it in our bones. Yet when we deal with fiction,

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A Question of Balance

How do you develop as a writer? It requires a balance of study and practice. As a new writer, I heard that the average writer

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The Loneliness Problem

I often look for similarities in great stories to see what works. One aspect that I see very often is that powerful stories resolve “the

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Be Double-Minded

The Apostle James warned that “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” For characters, being double-minded is a good thing. A “double-minded” person

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Be Honest

A story needs to be honest. Now, that isn’t quite the same as saying that a story must be true. Obviously when we are writing

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Be Imaginative

Artist Zaria Forman, source: The Daily Mail I judge stories for the world’s largest fantasy and science fiction writing contest. When I’m judging, the first

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The Truth About Writer’s Block

Some authors never get “Writer’s Block,” and they don’t believe that it exists. They’ll blithely say, “Do doctors ever get ‘Doctor’s block,’ or do plumbers

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Quotable Quotes

Sometimes when I read a story, I find that it’s just “bleh.” It may be easy to understand, easy to follow, but I have a

Read More »

When to Focus on Your World

An ad for a popular screenwriting class recently stated, “A great screenplay starts with character,” so their latest offering was on creating great characters. But

Read More »

The Price of Magic

Everything in life has a cost. It’s a law so universally understood that we feel it in our bones. Yet when we deal with fiction,

Read More »

A Question of Balance

How do you develop as a writer? It requires a balance of study and practice. As a new writer, I heard that the average writer

Read More »

The Loneliness Problem

I often look for similarities in great stories to see what works. One aspect that I see very often is that powerful stories resolve “the

Read More »

Be Double-Minded

The Apostle James warned that “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” For characters, being double-minded is a good thing. A “double-minded” person

Read More »

Be Honest

A story needs to be honest. Now, that isn’t quite the same as saying that a story must be true. Obviously when we are writing

Read More »

Be Imaginative

Artist Zaria Forman, source: The Daily Mail I judge stories for the world’s largest fantasy and science fiction writing contest. When I’m judging, the first

Read More »

The Truth About Writer’s Block

Some authors never get “Writer’s Block,” and they don’t believe that it exists. They’ll blithely say, “Do doctors ever get ‘Doctor’s block,’ or do plumbers

Read More »

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