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The Challenges of Getting Your Book Published

Self-publishing or traditional publishing? Author Robert McCaw has gotten his books published both ways and shares the pros and cons of each route. I’ve written several novels—mystery/thrillers set on the Big Island of Hawaii—featurin...

The WD Interview: Author N.K. Jemisin on Creating New Worlds and Playing with Imagination

N.K. Jemisin wants to be a “storyteller of a writer.” It’s an ambition she claims not to have mastered, but many who have lost themselves in Jemisin’s tales of captive gods and stone eaters are sure to disagree. Through her three ep...

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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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