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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...

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Fever in the Night

At first Nathan didn’t realise something was wrong. He carried an armful of branches to a bonfire and laid them in red flames. Then he saw a young boy run past with horror on his face. Nathan spun round and faced a lime tree whose bra...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 446

For today’s prompt, write a cooking poem. After all, it’s Culinarians Day, and food is a good thing. If you’re anti-cooking, that’s fine; write about that. Only you know the proper ingredients for your cooking poem. ***** Get Publis...

Unlikable Characters: A Case Study

The “bad vs. worse” set-up discussed in the article “No More Mr. Nice Guys” in the September 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—all about unlikable but fascinating protagonists—lies at the heart of a form of moral argument known ...

The Novel in the Drawer

When Emmy-nominated TV writer Gayle Abrams discussed her book with a literary agent, she found it wasn’t quite ready for publication. Many writers do this: They can’t get their first novel published right away, so they put it in a drawe...

Keeping the Writing Faith: 6 Ways to Keep Your Novel on Track With a Process Journal

The following article is the fifth in a five-part series by Jennifer Haupt. In this installment, she discusses six strategies for using a process journal to stay motivated, conquer writer’s block, and keep making progress on your novel. I...

Crypto, Sci-Fi, Soldiers, Spies (and Disasters): 5 Varieties Within the Technothriller Genre

The technothriller genre may be slated to become one of the most popular of the 21st century, and as such, it’s a hot area in which writers can experiment. If you’re looking to write a technothriller (or read one), here are five differe...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 445

For today’s prompt, write a special day poem. A special day could be a holiday, birthday, anniversary, or just a day when everything changed. There are special days that everyone recognizes and special days that maybe only you (or a small...

Does Your Book Have a Billboard on Amazon?

Authors can leverage ads and Book Detail pages on Amazon to make them work like a “billboard” of sorts. But in order for your Amazon billboards to help sell more books, they must display certain characteristics. by Rob Eagar What if I t...

How To Turn Kijiji Into A Side Hustle

I need money. No, I’m not begging you personally for a donation, I’m just stating a fact. I need money to pay rent, internet, food, gas, insurance, and all that other nonsense. I figure chances are pretty high that you need money, too. ...

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