Posted on May 10, 2024 at 10:56 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The publishing experts we follow have plenty of craft advice to offer. 

Here are the ones that we thought were can't-miss for our authors:

  • Why emotion amplifiers are good for your story: Angela Ackerman reminds writers of the purpose that these reactive states and conditions, like pain and pregnancy, can serve for your plot and characters (Writers Helping Writers).

  • Settings that build psychological suspense: Author Debbie Babitt is a particular fan of how certain places, from something as banal as courtroom or a rural hometown to something memorable like an ancestral and/or haunted house, can affect your characters' psyches (Writer's Digest).

  • To diagnose or to characterize?: Speaking of psychological stuff, Kathryn Craft makes the case for sticking with showing versus telling, when it comes to mental conditions in characters (Writer Unboxed).

  • It all begins with a character: Chanda A. Bell, of the company that created The Elf on the Shelf, shares how you can turn a character from an idea into an icon (Writer's Digest).

  • How to retell a myth in a fresh way: Author R.M. Romero offers four techniques to try if you want to bring an old story to new life (Writer's Digest).

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