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Plausible Scares: Blending the Real and Unreal in Horror Fiction

Using examples from William Peter Blatty’s iconic horror novel The Exorcist, Dustin Grinnell explains how to craft truly frightening horror fiction by blending the believable and the unsettlingly extraordinary. In the novel The Exorcist ...

The Art of the Possible In Conversation w/ Tony Lourakis (CEO @ Fleet Complete)

Student Life Network recently sat down with another successful business executive as part of SLN’s Executive Leadership Interview Series. Read on to learn what Tony Lourakis had to say to us about achieving success. There was a moment in ...

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“Go Your Own Way”: James Patterson on Supporting Childhood Literacy, Generating Novel Ideas, and Writing with Bill Clinton

After more than four decades in publishing, record-breaking bestseller James Patterson has this to say: You can go your own way. Discover an exclusive extended interview with Patterson below. Chris Sorensen For The Washington Post via Getty...

Adding Dimension to Characters: 10 Sly Character Development Techniques

These underhanded character development techniques are designed to relax your “thinky” brain and to draw instead on your curiosity, intuition and slightly devious sense of play in order to help your characters reveal their own inner wor...

How to Increase Your Screenplay’s Commercial Appeal

Selling a screenplay is no easy task. Ray Morton shares advice on how to increase your screenplay’s commercial appeal to help you choose the best stories to put on the page. “So, what do I have to do to guarantee that my script will sel...

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The Sign of Hatred

“Help! Help!” The woman who was signing ran down the landing of her house. The walls on either side of her were blazing from floor to ceiling. Thick smoke obscured everything behind her. She threw her arms around John Stafford a...

A Community of Passionate Readers

Most teachers are hopeful that their students will be more than just competent readers—we want them to be passionate readers. But schools can’t foster this passion alone. If we want to help our students become lifelong lovers of text, w...

A Three-Step Preliminary Acid Test of Whether You Might Be a Good Fiction Writer

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. By Joel Gordonson, Author of The Atwelle Confession Anyone who has contemplated the time and effort needed to become a serious writer of fiction undoubtedly...


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