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 ON WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION

 ON WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith Susan Sontag in her piece, “The Imagination of Disaster “ wrote, “Ours is an age of extremity. For we live under continual threat: of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most […]

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Better Sex in 120 Seconds

Better Sex in 120 Seconds

  Writing about sex can be one of the biggest challenges a novelist faces. New York Times bestselling author Lou Aronica offers a simple trick that delivers powerful results.   About the Author… Lou Aronica is the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element (both with Ken Robinson) and the […]

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Giving Scale to a Love Story: Wrapping Your Book’s Real Theme in Love

Giving Scale to a Love Story: Wrapping Your Book’s Real Theme in Love

A Session with Steven Manchester Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? If you’re writing a love story, then you’ve read stacks of love stories or you haven’t really done your homework, have you? Most writers pen the stories they enjoy reading or—more precisely—the stories they wish they’d read. Before I even tried my hand […]

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Chemistry: A Primer

Chemistry: A Primer

A Session with Marcia Gloster According to Webster’s dictionary, Chemistry is first described as science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo. The description immediately following reads, “The complex emotional or psychological interaction between two people.” So be it. Here, on one hand, you have […]

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HOW TO CONVINCE READERS THAT YOUR CHARACTERS ARE REALLY IN LOVE

HOW TO CONVINCE READERS THAT YOUR CHARACTERS ARE REALLY IN LOVE

A Session with Emily Sue Harvey What is this thing called love? It is sometimes one of the most difficult things for writers to convincingly define. According to some, it is so powerful that it makes the world go round. Franklin P. Jones’ argues that love doesn’t make the world go ’round, rather love is […]

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Adding a Touch of Fantasy

Adding a Touch of Fantasy

A Session with Cara Sue Achterberg I’m not a fantasy writer. When I saw my novel I’m Not Her listed under Mystical Realism on Amazon, I blanched. But after I thought about it, I realized – we’re all fantasy writers. We, every one of us who strive to write fiction, are writing fantasy. None of […]

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Employing the Supernatural in a Non-Fantasy Story

Employing the Supernatural in a Non-Fantasy Story

A Session with Earl Javorsky So what do you do if you have a story to tell and you realize that the best way to tell it will require introducing an element that’s not quite, shall we say, of this world? Should you worry about narrowing your market or having your work be pigeonholed as fantasy, […]

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The Art of Villains

The Art of Villains

A Session with Ethan Cross Writing villains is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart.  It’s my belief that the villain makes the story.  Without the villain, your hero has nothing to overcome, no challenges to face.  And the level of tension and excitement in your story increases along with the capabilities […]

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We Are Not All Superheroes Here

We Are Not All Superheroes Here

A Session with KJ Steele We’ve all had the experience. That awkward moment when the novel we’re completely engrossed in takes an abrupt, startling stumble and heaves us unceremoniously out of its world. Sitting dumb-dazed and glossy-eyed we are left wondering what in the heck just happened. More often than not the ejection experience will […]

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When trying to understand the XX ask yourself Y

When trying to understand the XX ask yourself Y

A Session with Tom Avitabile (an XY in good standing)  “Reading a novel is like being in a car and taking a journey. The narrator is driving. And whether he drives fast and cruises the curves or whether he’s pedestrian and pokes through the plot – he’s in control. Tom Avitabile is a cocky chauffeur […]

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