March 3rd, 2021

Does Your Novel Have a Problem? (It Should)

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Janice Hardy | Writing Craft

By Janice Hardy (@Janice_Hardy)

I’ve always been drawn to writing science fiction and fantasy, which means that I’ve written a lot of first drafts based on “cool ideas” but no real conflict. Sure, I had a sense of what the problems were, and maybe even a few key scenes unfolding in my mind, but the books were about the idea, not characters with specific problems. … Read the post

February 19th, 2021

Hugs You've Got to Love!

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Margie Lawson | Writing Craft

by Margie Lawson

A hug is more than just a hug.

Hugs may be long or short, hot or cold, loving or perfunctory.

Hugs carry psychological messages. Do you have those messages on your pages?

Dig deep—and you’ll have more fun and depth and power on the page.… Read the post

January 27th, 2021

4 Ways to Write Deeper with Personification

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Lisa Hall Wilson | Writing Craft

by Lisa Hall Wilson

I’m often asked how to go deeper in fiction. My jam is Deep Point of View, and I get that not everyone loves deep POV. That’s okay. However, if you’re looking for a really quick way to make your setting or characters come alive on the page, personification is one of those tools that every writer can use more effectively.… Read the post


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