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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 Self-Publishing Path: It’s Often Anything But “Self”

For the new author, it can be a big (and confusing) decision to decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing. But doubly confusing are the choices faced once you settle on the self-publishing path. There is growing complexity i...

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...

3 Characteristics of “Extraordinary” Heroes, According to Donald Maass

By Dustin Grinnell images from Project Gutenberg’s edition of The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a fantasy-adventure novel filled with danger, mystery and intrigue. The sto...

[Breaking News] Canada is Getting its First-Ever Law Course About Cannabis

This just in. The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law is launching two courses on cannabis law. The Canadian cannabis scene is changing, and one school is trying to lead the way. If you or your parents can see past years of stigmatization a...

2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

We’re now 4 days into this challenge, which means we’re developing a routine. Let’s keep the momentum going. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Case (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the ti...

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Ranting, rambling, and hopefully some progress…

I’ve decided to keep working on the current chapter, because the scenes I’m currently writing won’t be affected much by any of the changes I’m planning to make. But after that I’ll have to focus on research and...

Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

Amazon’s Black Friday Week

Ahh, Black Friday is almost here. And the incredible thing is that online shopping websites like Amazon extend this to Black Friday Week, so you don’t have to wait until the exact day! Check out Black Friday Week deals on everything from...

What’s the Process of Creating a Student Club on Campus?

When you’re in first year, you might be hustling to get to your next class on the other side of campus, confused about saying “professor” instead of “teacher,” and already behind a mountain load of readings. But amidst the chaos, ...

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