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The Art of Ghostwriting
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Ever considered using a ghostwriter? Today Michael J. Coffino discusses the essential attributes for an effective ghostwriter-author relationship. read more
Sometimes Words Fail Even a Writer
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Today, Carolyn Howard Johnson shares some LOVE-ly thoughts about writing on demand and applying an old adage to writers and and writing. read more
Why Literature is Different than Genre Fiction
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What differentiates literary fiction from genre fiction can be summarized by four hierarchical points. read more
Wearing Your Many Hats – Managing Life While Writing
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Most writers will agree with me that the biggest challenge in their writing project is not letting their lives highjack their project. read more
Historical Storytelling – How to Master Your Craft for a Genre Audiences Love
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If you love historical storytelling as much as I do, there’s no time like the present to master your craft. Writing and researching history for entertainment purposes requires the writer to wholly immerse themselves into the time period to the point where everything the reader can imagine seeing, feeling, smelling, hearing, etc., embeds them within the time period of the story. read more
Capturing Convincing Settings
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During his author talks, Randy Overbeck is often asked if he grew up in the locales of his stories—the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake bay, Cape May, New Jersey and the Gulf Coast of Florida. Readers are often surprised by his answer – NO! Today, he shares four suggestions on how to make your settings come alive. read more
The Importance of Note Taking in Fiction Writing
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I take so many notes when I write my fiction. I have about 3 or 5 reference documents on top of the story and the outline. Why do I do this? read more
Using Fiction to Teach Checking Facts
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Fiction books can even provide clear examples of Truth versus Make Believe. Fiction is stories that never happened, written for entertainment value, but that can also be educational. Fiction falls into recognizable types, created for different purposes. read more
Three Editing Strategies That Can Make a Real Difference
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Once you written and slaved over a manuscript and revised and nursed it through several iterations, the last thing you want to do is to slough through even more editing tasks. I get it. Sometimes, after I’ve put in hundreds of hours to write and strengthen my work, taking one or two more hours to do even more editing seems like a bridge too far. But I’ve found these three editing strategies—which don’t take that much time—can make a huge difference in how a piece reads. These are hardly new, but the changes they exact can be dramatic. read more
How Improv Comedy Made Me a Better Writer
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The basic premise of improv is that scenes are made up live on stage in front of an audience.  Terrifying and hilarious, improv is a form that exists every moment in the creative place where artists surprise themselves and their scene partners… don’t writers perform improv every time we pick up a pen? read more