Posted on 03/03/2020 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The current advice to readers re: bad books is to set them aside because life’s too short. The current advice...

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Posted on 02/21/2020 at 10:41 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The villain or culprit in your mystery should make sense once his or her guilt is revealed. But how do...

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Posted on 02/19/2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Congrats to Fussy author Julie Tetel Andresen for landing a guest post on The Creative Penn! In it, she explains...

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Posted on 02/17/2020 at 04:01 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

“The pen is mightier than the sword” is an adage, but many writers perhaps literally live this saying — that...

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Posted on 02/16/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No doubt you love writing. (And no doubt your life partner has commented on it with … some feeling.) Do...

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Posted on 02/12/2020 at 01:01 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When you create a character, you’ve likely formed a picture of him or her in addition to coming up with...

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Posted on 02/06/2020 at 09:38 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When writing a novel, many (though not all) authors enter with a plan in place — an outline, character sketches,...

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Posted on 02/04/2020 at 08:16 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Joanna Penn’s latest expert interview is another one likely to intrigue even those not writing crime thrillers. Jerri Williams, a...

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Posted on 02/01/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

How do you write a villain in a memoir? That’s a trick question, says author, lecturer, and coach William Kenower...

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Posted on 01/29/2020 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Vivid, developed characters are a key factor in how compelling your story is. But don’t add characters just because you’ve...

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