Posted on 09/20/2021 at 09:26 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No matter what you put on the first page of your novel, it has one job: to draw the reader...

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Posted on 09/09/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Generalizations can be dangerous, but it feels safe to say that most of us feel some level of anxiety, stress,...

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Posted on 09/07/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin has a long post on character development that urges you to cut to the chase. Don’t waste time...

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Posted on 08/23/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Thinking of the five basic senses is a good starting point for sensory detail in fiction, but it’s certainly not...

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Posted on 08/11/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

All successful fiction has a single feature in common: it keeps its readers invested. And it does so by using...

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Posted on 07/30/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Posts on common mistakes writers make often focus on the early parts of their careers. But even once you’re past...

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Posted on 07/07/2021 at 09:49 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You’ve seen advice from various indie-pub experts that tout the benefits of drilling down to specific Kindle subgenres. Many of...

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Posted on 07/01/2021 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin cannot emphasize enough how important it is start your novel strong. And with hundreds of manuscript critiques under...

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Posted on 06/22/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors frequently talk about how characters make plot decisions for them, sometimes to their great surprise. So it’s not a...

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Posted on 06/12/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re often counseled to trust our instincts when it comes to life or safety decisions. And now, you’re about to...

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