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4 Essential Elements You Need to Create a Workable Novel

by Sandy Vaile

Image of faceless white-clay.figure sitting on the floor surrounded by large, red 3d question marks, The character has its elbows on its knees, one hand covering its face because it doesn't know the four essential elements you need to create a workable novel.

Every second person I speak to believes they’ve “got a novel in them”. It’s getting it out and onto the page that’s the tricky part! Only about 3% of people who actually start writing a book, will ever finish it.… Read the post

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Lies, Secrets, and Scars Create Better Characters

by Lynette M. Burrows

Many writers spend days, weeks, months, even years creating characters using complex character profile worksheets. The best characters aren’t a collection of data points on a worksheet. Depending upon data points like the genre, physical attributes, favorite desert, or what he’s wearing may disrupt story flow even to the point of what many call writer’s block.… Read the post

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Universal Story Themes – Take It From The Kids

by Ellen Buikema

I was privileged to work in a co-operative preschool for six years that allowed for teacher autonomy. (Bless them.) This was the stage of my career where I learned the “And then what happened?” method of storytelling. These kids were phenomenal writing teachers!… Read the post

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The Why and How of Choosing a Genre

by Jenny Hansen

Over the last few years, I've thought a lot about genre. The differences between them and why and how we choose our preferred genre to write in. Some writers are solidly in a certain genre camp and others straddle two or more genres.… Read the post

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4 Ways Movement Effects Deep POV

By Lisa Hall-Wilson

Ever had an editor or beta reader flag the moving or disembodied body parts in your fiction?

Eyes roaming/flying/darting…
Fingers flying…
Hand creeping…
Feet following…
Arms folding…
Heart pounding/racing…

Now, I get it. It feels like editors are just splitting hairs and camping out on semantics because the reader will understand what you meant.… Read the post

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