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Book Blurbs That Sell

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

The Do's and Don'ts of Book Blurbs

We all know that writers are super-powered beings who can convince readers snug in bed that they’re actually freezing on the Arctic tundra…

...eloping with the incredibly attractive leader of the enemy forces…

...saying a final goodbye to their stalwart horse…

...basking… Read the post

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The Heart of Goal-Motivation-Conflict

By Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Bridge Closed

We all know the Big Three elements that keep a story engaging. A character has a goal, which they want to achieve because of some motivation, and while trying to reach it, they run into some conflict.… Read the post

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Mastering Character Evolution: A Powerful Ladder of Choice

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

The picture is of a person sitting midway on a staircase in space. The individual is looking out into the vastness of the universe.

Imagine a book like this.

First page: We see Alex being crowned Ruler of the Empire, it’s thrilling!
Second page: Alex is kidnaped by terrorists from Alpha Centauri, terrifying!
Third page: Alex escapes and an hour later wins the Nobel Prize, amazing!… Read the post

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Edge of their Seats

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

girl reading on the edge of her seat

Whether you’re writing a coming-of-age story, a serial killer thriller, a quilting cozy, a paranormal epic, a historical romance, or a children’s bedtime story, you want there to be enough tension to keep readers eagerly turning pages.… Read the post

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Where the Trouble Starts

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

mosquito writing with a tornado in the background

Some books open with a tornado roaring through town and leaving the protagonist without any house, transportation, light, or even food.

Others open with the protagonist discovering their soon-to-be spouse is already married with six kids at home.… Read the post

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