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Intermediate

How to Stay Healthy, Wealthy and Relevant in the Indie World

How to Stay Healthy, Wealthy and Relevant in the Indie World

A Session with Tanya Anne Crosby In the usual fashion for me, when I find myself faced with the notion that “I must do something or else,” nine times out of ten, I am compelled to dig in my heels and say, “uh uh.” This is where I found myself about six months ago, faced with […]

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Writing an Ensemble

Writing an Ensemble

A Session with Cara Sue Achterberg None of us goes through life alone. I’ve always loved stories that focus on friendship. Families are great – plenty of potential there for conflict and pain and embarrassing situations. But friends – that’s rich. They’re a chosen family. Writing a story that features an ensemble cast can be […]

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Using Flashbacks

Using Flashbacks

A Session with Tanya Anne Crosby “Show, don’t tell!” Any writer whose been at the craft for any length of time has heard this edict time and again. It sounds easy enough; it’s harder than it seems. But I didn’t learn to recognize this literary sin until I abandoned fiction for a few years and […]

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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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USES OF ENCHANTMENT

USES OF ENCHANTMENT

A Session with James LePore and Carlos Davis HOW TO USE FANTASY, FABLE & FAITH IN A HISTORICAL THRILLER You’re thinking of writing a historical thriller. What are some of the tools that can help you maximize your story and its impact on the reader? For a way to truly distinguish yourself, considering using elements […]

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What’s in a pen name?: To Pseudonym or not to Pseudonym

What’s in a pen name?: To Pseudonym or not to Pseudonym

A Session with Ethan Cross and Lou Aronica   There are a lot of different reasons to use a pen name, the obvious one being that people can’t say, spell, or remember your real name. I also know some authors who use a pseudonym because of a conflict with their day job. For example, one […]

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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 Over the Shock of an Editorial Letter 101

Getting Over the Shock of an Editorial Letter 101

A Session with Olivia Rupprecht With An Office Visit from Dr. John Hart Dear Author, If you are reading this because. . . your head is spinning your stomach is on the floor your hands are shaking (if you have some nice old fashioned paper gripped in them), and/or your dog is lapping at the […]

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Getting Unblocked

Getting Unblocked

A Session with KJ Steele Have you ever noticed that all living things seem to have some form of movement or flow? It may be physical movement in all of its diversity. Or it could be as subtle as a brainwave or thought. Perhaps it’s as undetectable to others as a feeling. Even a supposedly […]

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CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE AS A CHARACTER

CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE AS A CHARACTER

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith The famous literary critic, Walter Benjamin, in his essay, “Excavation and Memory” once wrote, “For authentic memories, it is far less important that the investigator report on them than that he mark, quite precisely, the site where he gained possession of them.” All through literature, there are examples of these […]

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