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Fired Up: Robert Crais on Passion, Process and Plot Twists

Robert Crais, master of crime writing, makes modern classics the old-fashioned way—with a heartfelt passion, a fine-tuned process and, naturally, a twist. Don’t miss his talk at the 2018 Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference in Pa...

How to Sell an Essay or Article: 21 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that’s short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note. This article is excerpted from Susan S...

The Perception Gap: Using Character Perspective to Propel Your Plot

Your characters’ views of the world can do much more than simply define who they are. Here’s how to use character perspective to propel your plot. If you’re like most people, when you believe something, you assume it’s true. It rare...

Successful Writing Collaborations: 3 Questions Co-Authors & Ghostwriters Need to Ask

By Howard Zaharoff As a lawyer and a writer, I truly believe that the key to successful collaborative writing, from an equal co-authorship to a ghostwritten autobiography, is a good contract that is clear about who has what roles, how ri...

25 Items You Need In Your Backpack For Back to School

Summer is ending and your education is waiting, but are you ready to go back to school? Do you have everything yet? With Amazon’s Prime Student offer, students receive a 50% discount on Prime products and two-day shipping, which makes you...

Inside the Mind of a Villain: 8 Journeys and Motives Behind Evildoers, Antiheroes & Antagonists

By Dustin Grinnell Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky Whenever we learn of an unspeakable crime, an incomprehensible act, there are questions. Chief amon...

7 Query Letter Strategies That Don’t Work (But Many Writers Try)

One of my first real jobs was working for a bank, taking phone calls. I’ll never forget it. Some of the kindest people you know can be downright vicious when they call their bank. Trust me. I’ve been called names that can’t be repeate...

10 Ways to Overcome Lonely Writer Syndrome

[embedded content]  One of the downsides to becoming a fulltime author or writer is that, by its very nature, writing can be a very lonely business. Typically, it’s just you and a computer, shut off from the rest of the world, all alone ...

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INTRODUCTION Akihiko Kayito was an odd bird. In fact, he earned himself the nickname “Dr. Dodo”; mainly because he was so rarely seen that his mere existence was often questioned. Living in a massive underground complex deep inside your...

Script Classics: Adapting to the Adaptation Process

Story analyst Joel Haber explains the process of adaptation: How it’s done, and how practice makes perfect. If you’re a screenwriter or novelist, Haber’s insights are a must-read. Click to tweet this article to your friends and follow...

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