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Writing the Impossible

When I fell in love with the idea of writing, it was after reading my favorite novel of all time. I thought, “I want to

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Dream Big

You may not realize it, but as writers we are all on the same journey. We all start as “wannabes,” hoping to amaze audiences with

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Stories and Stables

Many years ago, I heard a renowned magazine editor Gardner Dozois remark, “I don’t want just a great story in my magazine, I want a

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Fixating on a Story

Remember when you were young and your mother or father read a favorite story to you over and over? Or do you recall that one

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Precision

Once a quarter I read through thousands of stories for a writing contest—a job that usually takes several weeks. It would take longer, but of

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Opening Strategies

There are many ways to hook a reader who opens your book–a great cover, a catchy title, luscious descriptions on the back cover, an endearing

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Characters

Of all the topics on how to write, I suspect more books have been written on how to create solid characters than on anything else.

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Plots

#WritingTip—Plots A plot doesn’t have to be brilliant for a story to work. It just needs to have some basic components: characters—in conflict and in

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Religion in Fiction

#DailyKick—Religion in Fiction Certain works of fiction are designed to appeal to readers with strong belief systems. For example, most large religions have enough followers

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Dream Big

You may not realize it, but as writers we are all on the same journey. We all start as “wannabes,” hoping to amaze audiences with

Read More »

Stories and Stables

Many years ago, I heard a renowned magazine editor Gardner Dozois remark, “I don’t want just a great story in my magazine, I want a

Read More »

Fixating on a Story

Remember when you were young and your mother or father read a favorite story to you over and over? Or do you recall that one

Read More »

Precision

Once a quarter I read through thousands of stories for a writing contest—a job that usually takes several weeks. It would take longer, but of

Read More »

Opening Strategies

There are many ways to hook a reader who opens your book–a great cover, a catchy title, luscious descriptions on the back cover, an endearing

Read More »

Characters

Of all the topics on how to write, I suspect more books have been written on how to create solid characters than on anything else.

Read More »

Plots

#WritingTip—Plots A plot doesn’t have to be brilliant for a story to work. It just needs to have some basic components: characters—in conflict and in

Read More »

Religion in Fiction

#DailyKick—Religion in Fiction Certain works of fiction are designed to appeal to readers with strong belief systems. For example, most large religions have enough followers

Read More »

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