Posted on 10/22/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s easy to point to the external factors that keep us from getting what we want — and requires a...

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Posted on 09/10/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

“Less is more” can also be true of the tension you add to your fiction. That is to say, you...

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Posted on 08/18/2021 at 10:05 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Editor Tiffany Yates Martin has turned to a unique source for writing advice: Tarzan. Specifically, his transportation. When the king...

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Posted on 08/12/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Remember the craze of putting bacon in anything and everything? In some instances, its saltiness and fattiness combined beautifully with...

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Posted on 08/09/2021 at 11:05 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Desmond Hall has delivered his “drops” — pithy writing-advice videos — at Writer Unboxed. For July and August, he offers...

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Posted on 07/28/2021 at 10:36 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Book coach Susan DeFreitas sees most novels begin one of three ways: with a character idea, with a plot idea,...

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Posted on 07/16/2021 at 01:19 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Readers love to joke about how cruel their authors are in tormenting or killing their favorite characters. But if you...

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Posted on 07/07/2021 at 01:03 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s easy to conflate pacing with plot-development speed in a novel. Donald Maass is here (okay, he's at Writer Unboxed)...

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Posted on 06/08/2021 at 12:49 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A successful young-adult author once warned: “Teens can sniff a phony at twenty paces.” So, then, who better to take...

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Posted on 05/23/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Melodie Campbell, as an author of mob-heist novels and a past executive director of Crime Writers of Canada, is quite...

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