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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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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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