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One Month of You by Suzanne Ewart: a Book Review

One Month of You by Suzanne Ewart explores the importance of spending time wisely, weighs romantic hope versus realistic expectations, and seamlessly combines tenderness with grit and fortitude.

The Power of Free-range Pens

The world is a scary place that often leaves us feeling the butt of some cosmic joke. But pens are still mighty and capable of giving reality the occasional swift kick in the ass.

Join the Conversation: Reexamining Dialogue

When it comes to dialogue, writers really do need to say what they mean and mean what they say. In other words, you’ve only got so many chances to use your characters’ conversations to their utmost advantage. Make them count.

How to Appreciate the First (Sucky) Draft

Lesson the first for every writer everywhere: the first draft is almost always awful. But that’s okay. In fact, that works to your advantage.

Lady Bosses of Lit

In the literary world, every day is International Women’s Day, and every month is Women’s History Month. The real world just hasn’t caught up to speed with the lady bosses of lit—yet.

NaNoWriMo 2020

It’s not just fun to say; NaNoWriMo is a website, a nonprofit organization, a widespread writing community, and a challenge all rolled into one.

Writing Mythical Creatures

Fiction writing lends itself to an endless array of characters, from humans to mythical creatures: borrowed, created, or something in between.

Sarayna’s Fate by M. Dalto: a Book Review

Sarayna’s Fate continues M. Dalto’s Empire saga with all of the magic, adventure and tension that readers have come to expect, but with a few twists they might never have seen coming.

Writing Romance (without Sounding Like a Sap)

Writing romance (without sounding like a sap) doesn’t have to be an exercise in clichés. Learn to avoid this genre’s tired tropes, or at least how to use them to your advantage.

Dressember 2020

That’s right―Dressember now lasts all year long! The Dressember Foundation announced an extension of its campaign for all individual advocates this year. Instead of a month-long sprint to the finish line, we’ve got the option to spend the entire year drumming up support for this fantastic cause. As you might have guessed, I jumped on…

Sons of Fire by Tracy Auerbach: a Book Review

A story of family, royalty, duty, and survival, Sons of Fire by Tracy Auerbach is a thrilling YA adventure read that combines reality and fantasy in unexpected ways.

Writing Action Sequences

Writing action sequences (without punching yourself or your audience in the face) is a delicate art.

How to Create and Use Character Backstories

There is no right way to create and use character backstories, but with practice and revisions, you can find the happy medium between too much and not enough.

Setting the Scene

World-building is how we writers enable our paranoid, Type A control freak habits, and write stories our readers can really dive into.

Creating the Ultimate Villain

The flat, unyielding fairy tale villain is dead. Find out how to make your bad guys leap off the page.

Kill Your Darlings

Whether for the sake of word count or story progression, it’s important to know when it’s time to kill your darlings, and kill them dead.

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