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Where Do Characters Come From?

By Mitch Silver When people find out I write novels—thrillers—for a living, they often ask, “Where do you get your story ideas from?” No surprise, that’s the question a lot of writers get. The second-most-asked question is, “Whe...

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Don’t Feed the Trolls

And for pity’s sake, don’t quote their trolling posts when you respond in a thread. You make my job that much harder when I go through and have to clean up the troll poop because it does no good for me to get rid of the troll po...

Script Classics: Writer and Director Douglas McGrath on Adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby

Writer-director Douglas McGrath chats about “shrinking” Dickens’ classic, Nicholas Nickleby, into a Golden Globe nominee. Before my interview with Douglas McGrath, who wrote and directed Nicholas Nickleby, I took a quick look at the p...

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Can my Children be friends with White People?

There is this prism through which everything can be explained in Manichean terms It’s like a juicy poison chalice which comes in a novelty mug and for one additional pound some super boost matcha powder before those health benefits kick i...

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Published Authors You Write Better Than

Take heart. There are probably a lot of them. In pursuit of exploring other genres, I’ve been sampling some authors with a LOT of books in print … looking at RomComs, Mystery, and Cozy Mystery. I’m looking at early efforts...

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Large scale fictional worlds

Lord Dunsany’s Pegana mythology is considered to be the first true fictional universe if I recall correctly. But then there’s Tolkien… I’m hesitant to post this next part as I’m the guy who has read 10 Tolkien ...

Sam Demma: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities During COVID-19

If there’s anything we’ve learned about Gen Z during this pandemic, it’s that they’re becoming increasingly self-sufficient and entrepreneurial. Especially now with the rise of TikTok, an app known for expediting small businesses ov...

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Developing Military Characters in Literary Fiction

(~8 Minute Read) Writers, whether for scripts or other fiction, make a lot of mistakes with depicting military members. Sometimes to the point that it gets so obnoxiously cliché or romanticized that it is hard to watch or read. We’ve all...

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Developing Military Characters in Realistic Fiction

(~8 Minute Read) Writers, whether for scripts or other fiction, make a lot of mistakes with depicting military members. Sometimes to the point that it gets so obnoxiously cliché or romanticized that it is hard to watch or read. We’ve all...

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Stories and bad words.

Stories and bad words. Is it right to insert if the context requires it?Or is it better to replace them? I’m writing a short story, set in a prison.The use of bad words, I find, “Normal”. I give an example:Lunch time, one ...

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