Posted on 10/25/2021 at 01:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Sometimes writers set out to create a series. Other times, the idea strikes later, after book one has been developed...

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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 10/12/2021 at 12:46 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Don’t let Halloween’s approach lead you astray when it comes to writing an antagonist. Sure, that character will need some...

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Posted on 09/30/2021 at 09:59 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

For an author, a personal journal can be far more than a place to unload emotions or record significant moments....

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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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