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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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Getting Published Requires a Lot of Pasta

Getting Published Requires a Lot of Pasta

Getting published requires a lot of pasta. Not in the literal sense, although I can find plenty of inspiration in a bowl of authentic puttanesca. I’ve always written. Most writers will say that. I kept a diary as a child, and as a teen I composed horrible, yet heartfelt poetry, worked on the school newspaper, […]

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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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SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith A large question when one is starting a new novel is whether or not to outline the plot, the characters, and all the characters’ actions. That is, to have a clear idea of its “arc”– its beginning, middle, and end which will tell the reader whether the protagonist gets what […]

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The Truth About Blog Tours

The Truth About Blog Tours

A Session with Ethan Cross Chances are that in this day and age, you know what a blog is. In fact, you may follow a few. And chances are that if you’ve ever published a book or are considering publishing a book then you’ve heard the terms “book tour” and “blog tour”. Physical author promotional […]

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Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

A Session with Steven Manchester   The first step in figuring out your strengths as a writer is to understand what inspires you as a writer. For me, it’s my children, my wife, my family, and the thoughts and feelings I want to share with them—the things in my life that evoke the most emotion […]

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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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