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Author resources, Writer tipsFebruary 10, 2021
Writing about guns? Get your ammunition right

Writing about guns? Get your ammunition right

How to make sure your fictional firearms don’t jam Part two of a two-part series. See part one: The right way to write about guns in novels Rounds, cartridges, shells or bullets? In this article I’ve been scrupulous about referring to “rounds” when I mean the things you load into your firearm and “bullets” when […]

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Writer tipsFebruary 8, 2021
The right way to write about guns in novels

The right way to write about guns in novels

A farewell to firearms mistakes: How to get the details correct in scenes with guns First of a two-part series. Also see Part two: Writing about guns? Get your ammunition right See that handgun on your writing desk? There. Just to the right of your keyboard. Go on, pick it up. Heavy, isn’t it? Surprisingly […]

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Author posts, Writer tipsDecember 11, 2020
The storytelling secrets of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

The storytelling secrets of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

I like to take inspiration for storytelling from all kinds of sources, not just books. Movies, paintings, dog walks: They can all spark an idea or solve a narrative problem giving me grief. But TV is often a bust. The need to sell advertising or hook viewers into an unending multi-series show often corrupts the […]

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Writer tipsOctober 21, 2020
How to create a coherent crime series

How to create a coherent crime series

A crime fiction author offers writing tips for creating coherent series that have both commercial potential and creative freedom.

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Author posts, Writer tipsSeptember 14, 2020
Virtuous villains and flawed heroes

Virtuous villains and flawed heroes

Andy Maslen and Alessandra Torre discuss how to create complex characters for your novel. How to create characters your readers will love (or love to hate) Conflict is at the heart of all great fiction. Without conflict there is no story. “The cat sat on the mat is not the beginning of a story,” thriller […]

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How I learned to stop worrying and love A.I.

How I learned to stop worrying and love A.I.

The story of how I got past my initial reluctance to use AI to improve my writing When I first heard about Marlowe, the fiction-savvy artificial intelligence from Authors A.I., I experienced two strongly conflicting emotions. Emotion one: An AI can read my entire novel in 15 minutes and tell me what’s good/bad about it? […]

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Author posts, Writer tipsAugust 12, 2020
How authors can stay productive during the pandemic

How authors can stay productive during the pandemic

Authors A.I. asked its founding authors for tips on how to stay productive during the pandemic, whether you're locked down, shut in or just don't feel like having company over.

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The number one rule for novelists

The number one rule for novelists

Thriller author Andy Maslen explains that the number one rule for novelists is to set the rules for your fictitious world, and then stick to them.

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Writer tipsJuly 15, 2020
What’s the secret behind Stephen King’s success?

What’s the secret behind Stephen King’s success?

How has Stephen King become not only a household name but one of the most successful authors of his era? Andy Maslen dissects the ingredients that went into his books' bestsellerdom.

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Author careersJune 22, 2020
How to budget as a success-minded indie author

How to budget as a success-minded indie author

Here’s what to spend money on as an investment in your author career I chose the title of this article carefully. (Well, I am a writer!) Because there are two kinds of indie authors. The first kind simply needs to be able to say, ‘‘I published a book.’’ They can send their friends and family […]

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Writer tipsJune 10, 2020
Common writing mistakes by first-time authors (and how to avoid them)

Common writing mistakes by first-time authors (and how to avoid them)

Here are more fiction-writing mistakes made by first-time authors, including clear English, using coincidence to solve a plot problem and poor beginnings and ends.

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Writer tipsJune 9, 2020
More rookie mistakes made by first-time novelists (and how to avoid them)

More rookie mistakes made by first-time novelists (and how to avoid them)

In this article on common mistakes made by first-time authors, we look at telling instead of showing, head hopping and using the author's voice in place of the character's.

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