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Romance Writers (and Readers) Are Frauds

February 25, 2015 by Jessica Slade

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard romance writers and readers profess that they read romantic fiction because they love love. For years, I kept quiet. Truth is though that romance novels and horror novels are pretty much the same thing. Both deal in carnage. Wait, what?

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Character

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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Setting

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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Business

Want To Be a Successful Author? Write What You Hate!

February 18, 2015 by Karyn Connor

The advice I have heard ricocheting around the fiction-writing world is for years now is: write what you love. Okay, I get the basic concept of writing where your passion and interests are, but in the end I think this is bad advice. This advice won’t help you improve your writing. Think

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