Posted on 10/04/2022 at 10:03 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

On one hand, as we enjoy beautiful autumn weather in the Midwest, the sight of the word "snowball" makes us...

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Posted on 10/02/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Truth can be stranger than fiction — and it can be scarier, too. Most likely, if you're considering writing a...

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Posted on 09/28/2022 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You know not to create a laundry list of what's in a given space in your novel. But on the...

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Posted on 09/20/2022 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We hadn't intended to share a post on fantasy writing on George R.R. Martin's birthday; that's just how it happened....

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Posted on 09/06/2022 at 03:42 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Knowing and expressing your wants and needs is a useful real-life skill. If you've mastered it, congratulations — you're also...

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Posted on 08/30/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The world of publishing has changed dramatically since C.S. Lakin started out. And with hindsight 20/20, she has plenty of...

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Posted on 08/25/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Your story doesn't need to be pushing a particular message. But, says C.S. Lakin, it should be about something that...

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Posted on 08/15/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A discussion of motifs in literature might bring back memories — too many — of literature classes. But just like...

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Posted on 08/09/2022 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Believable, yet unexpected, is the gold standard for plot twists. But that, like many features of good writing, is easier...

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Posted on 08/03/2022 at 09:44 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you’ve ever experienced nostalgia for a restaurant, a vacation spot, a loved one’s home, or any other physical setting,...

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