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The Lost Empire (Fantasy/Adult)

Sir William Dres Lionali carried the fancy name that would appeal to her family, but he also lacked what his peers brought into their individual discussions with each brother. He could not lay a kingdom at their feet like Prince Dorian of M...

Mapping Books

Yesterday I published a post about creating multimedia timelines as an alternative form of a book report. Later in the day I was walked past the little book store next to my favorite coffee shop and… Read the whole entry at FreeTech4T...

How I Interviewed a Serial Killer and Stayed Sane

In order to do the research for a section of her book Our Symphony With Animals (Pegasus Books, May 2019), Dr. Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, had to talk to a serial killer. Here, she reveals the planning that went into her interviews and how she s...

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Imitating your favorite authors’ short stories

What are your favorite short stories? Have you ever tried imitating something you liked from one? For instance I am trying to imitate star light star bright if I write a small short story. The story summary can be found on wikipedia I think...

Three Ways to Discover Who Your Characters Really Are

Don’t “create” characters; get to know them instead. John Jamison has used the power of story in various roles—from pastor to brand development consultant—and he has some unique methods for getting to know his characters.  During...

The WD Interview: Susan Orlean on The Library Book and Finding the Red-Hot Center of the Story

Susan Orlean thought she was done writing books when she heard about the 1986 fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library. The story so intrigued her that she spent four years researching and writing about it. The Library Book tells...

The Secret to Overcoming Writer’s Block: Meditation

If you’re a writer, you’ve likely experienced the other-worldly “flow state” that arises on rare and precious occasions, when you feel a sense of oneness between person and pen, and the words flow forth from your fingers as if your ...

Profit Spikes in Short Bursts of Time: Small Projects Writers Should Pursue

Want to see an uptick in your freelance writing income? Author of Writing to Make Money: Short Projects author Loriann Oberlin has a few ideas to get you started. In what we call the gig economy, writers routinely dream of contributing edit...

Representation in Fiction: How to Write Characters Whose Experiences Are Outside of Your Own

As publishing endeavors to address inclusion and diverse representation in fiction, an inevitable question arises: Can authors write characters whose experience is outside of their own? This article appeared in the February 2019 edition of...

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Short story template

If you mean a ‘hard template’ or something involving software, I do not use, have never met a (decemt) short story writer who does, and for that reason I must sniff pompously, like a Frenchman over a plate of Freedom Fries. If y...

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