Steal Inspiration from Real Life, Twist it, And Make It a Bestseller

October 15, 2014 by Fred E. Whyte

Legal theft. That’s right. Fiction writing is the best for those of us with  intellectual sticky fingers. Have a look around your life. See a friend whose actions are hysterical (to you anyway) or a colleague who enflamed with entitlement? Steal it. Add some modifications. Then publish and become famous. 

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The Strengths of Villainy – Making Fictional Villains Come Alive

September 24, 2014 by Karyn Connor

Villains are some of the most fascinating characters to write. At least, when they’re done right. The two-dimensional villain who runs around the book doing bad things for bad reasons because he’s just plain bad…well, that’s not only boring, but also becomes predictable.  The best villains are those characters who—deep

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How To Properly Use Setting in a Novel

September 10, 2014 by Carrie De Simas

Focus your character’s awareness of the setting through the sharp point-of-view (POV) of their emotional, psychological and social backgrounds. What they see and notice (aka what they/you as the author share with us) has to mean something.  For example, a man I once dated took me to meet his best

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How Awareness of Personal Branding Can Help Make You Psychic

October 8, 2014 by Carrie De Simas

Years ago, I attended a dinner party with some friends at their apartment. Both were intellectuals whose brand included great conversation, fantastic insights into human behavior and a simple, no-frills lifestyle. When I arrived, I was shocked by the appearance of my friend’s wife. Gone were the well-worn jeans and

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