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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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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

Twitter Tips for Writers

November 19, 2014 by Rudy Dees

According to Twitter there are 255 million users generating more than 500 million tweets per day. So how do you stand out? Social media is a crowded enterprise. Twitter might be the most challenging social media platform. With 140 characters in a fast paced environment you will need every competitive

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