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Writer tipsApril 1, 2021
Building strong side characters

Building strong side characters

Side characters are often written without development, created for a specific purpose, and then discarded without a second thought. On our most recent First Draft Friday, author Cindy Skaggs explored why side characters desire proper attention, and how they can improve your story. xxxx xxxx They can help define your theme Cindy pointed out that […]

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Writer tipsMarch 18, 2021
Tips for building your editorial team

Tips for building your editorial team

There comes a time in every novel’s life when it is time to leave the safe haven of the author’s computer and journey out into the world. Before it reaches retailer shelves, a variety of individuals should read and critique your masterpiece. One of the first editors who helped my novels on their journeys into […]

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Authors’ writing advice comes to life

Authors’ writing advice comes to life

Here’s a look at writing advice from some of the world’s best known authors, along with their animated images in MyHeritage’s trippy AI program Deep Nostalgia.

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Genres, Writer tipsMarch 1, 2021
Tips for writing in the Young Adult voice

Tips for writing in the Young Adult voice

Author Alessandra discusses best practices for writing in the Young Adult voice with YA fiction author and ghostwriter Morgan Bader.

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Examples of narrative arcs in modern fiction

Examples of narrative arcs in modern fiction

Do novels share certain storytelling patterns? An A.I. has determined that most best-sellers use one of seven universal plot archetypes.

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Writer tipsFebruary 16, 2021
Writing mistakes to avoid in your novel

Writing mistakes to avoid in your novel

Book editor Susan Barnes reveals the most common missteps that authors make. These mistakes can cause poor reviews, lost sales, and readers abandoning your novel midway through. In this half-hour event, Susan teaches how to avoid common pitfalls and what to watch our for when you’re writing and rewriting a draft.

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Writer tipsFebruary 15, 2021
Is your romance novel too steamy?

Is your romance novel too steamy?

Romance novels often get a bad reputation as being nothing more than tawdry scenes linked to each other by a cookie cutter plot. But as any romance reader knows, sex is just one portion of a beautiful and intricate romance novel. And in some romance novels, sex is missing altogether from the pages. In our […]

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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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Writer tipsJanuary 31, 2021
How to become a more prolific writer

How to become a more prolific writer

As a writer, have you ever achieved flow state – that feeling when words flow like water? Author Chris Fox explains how he writes 5,000 words an hour in this interactive chat.

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Writer tipsJanuary 18, 2021
Improving your first page

Improving your first page

If done right, a novel’s first page can be a powerful ally to generate sales. On the other side of that coin, your first page can be a powerful deterrant for readers if it misses its mark. So, how do you make sure that your first page, or first scene, captures the readers’ attention and […]

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Writer tipsJanuary 13, 2021
Should you outline your novel or not?

Should you outline your novel or not?

Using a synopsis as a shortcut will give heft to your story A large question when one is starting a new novel is whether or not to outline the plot, the characters, and all the characters’ actions. That is, to have a clear idea of its “arc”– its beginning, middle, and end, which will tell […]

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