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Author posts, Writer tipsSeptember 24, 2021
How to write great dialogue in a novel

How to write great dialogue in a novel

In this post we'll talk about how to write great dialogue. The principles outlined below mostly apply to novel writing, but they also apply to screenplays, short stories and other forms of creative writing.

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Writer tipsSeptember 4, 2021
Premise: What your book is really all about

Premise: What your book is really all about

This is part three of a three-part series on Storytelling Tips. Also see: • Part 1: Creating compelling characters for your novel • Part 2: Mind your language: Repetition, clichés and modifiers In his excellent book about screenwriting, Save the Cat, Blake Snyder suggests you imagine your dad or mom asking you to finish the sentence, […]

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Writer tipsAugust 30, 2021
Mind your language: Repetition, clichés and modifiers

Mind your language: Repetition, clichés and modifiers

This is part two of a three-part series on Storytelling Tips. Also see: • Part 1: Creating compelling characters for your novel • Part 3: Premise: What your book is really all about One way of splitting novelists into two camps is between storytellers and stylists. Storytellers are all about the tale. A stranger comes […]

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Marlowe, Writer tipsAugust 16, 2021
Creating compelling characters for your novel

Creating compelling characters for your novel

What is the one ingredient shared by every bestseller? A great, compelling character who's relatable to the reader.

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Writer tipsJuly 19, 2021
Do you need a writing coach?

Do you need a writing coach?

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been sure what exactly a writing coach does. I’ve always sort of shelved them into the stack of things that I’d rather not think about. The idea of someone hounding me to “write, write, write” sounds like a special kind of torture. But hey – I can’t judge what I […]

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Writer tipsJuly 8, 2021
Transitioning from nonfiction to fiction

Transitioning from nonfiction to fiction

Authors new to fiction need to be aware of the stylistic differences between fiction and nonfiction. Here are tips on how to breathe emotion and life into your fiction works.

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Writer tipsJuly 6, 2021
Writing believable scenes in your novel

Writing believable scenes in your novel

Bestselling thriller author Fiona Quinn discusses her research methods and how to achieve realism in fiction in this video chat.

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Writer tipsJune 10, 2021
Why is pacing important in fiction?

Why is pacing important in fiction?

Pacing is what keeps readers turning pages. This article explains the importance of pacing and provides a pacing checklist for authors to keep handy.

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More tips about writing Psychological Thrillers

More tips about writing Psychological Thrillers

British thriller author Andy Maslen discusses the elements of a Psychological Thriller in this episode of the writing show First Draft Friday.

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Marlowe 2.0: The latest in AI for authors

Marlowe 2.0: The latest in AI for authors

We're announcing the release of Marlowe 2.0, an artificial intelligence tool to help authors improve their long-form fiction.

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Writing a Psychological Thriller

Writing a Psychological Thriller

Psychological thrillers are blowing up the bestseller lists. Here's our latest First Draft Friday interview with author Andy Maslen, a recent entrant into the genre.

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The importance of pacing in fiction writing

The importance of pacing in fiction writing

Everyone notices pacing in a story, whether they can label it or not. There’s an expectation in fiction that a story will not only contain certain elements but deliver them at a pace that feels right for the setting and characters. What is pacing? Pacing is the speed with which a story is told. That […]

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