Posted on 11/14/2019 at 12:24 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A character’s name isn’t a throwaway decision, but it shouldn’t be something that stalls your writing process. Dave Chesson shares...

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Posted on 11/02/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Your choice of a setting for your story should be anything but accidental or incidental. Author Jane Bernstein shares five...

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Posted on 10/20/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Your protagonist should be a well-developed character, not just a caricature. Easier said than done, right? Well, professional ghostwriter Justin...

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Posted on 08/31/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Developmental editor Katie McCoach served as a judge for a writing contest earlier this year. In total, she read a...

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Posted on 08/14/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writer’s Digest has a new post on how to write a science-fiction novel, but the simplicity of that title undersells...

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Posted on 08/09/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Most of us have worked a crappy job at some point in our lives. (Please don’t tell us if you’ve...

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Posted on 08/05/2019 at 11:29 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Whether your characters are lovestruck, terrified, outraged, devastated, or any other emotion, you want your readers to feel that very...

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Posted on 07/31/2019 at 01:34 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Every line in your novel should accomplish something, and that includes dialogue. Louise Harnby has shared some common dialogue pitfalls...

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Posted on 07/12/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We recently reminded you of the importance of making your villains complex, rather than pure evil. Writer’s Digest must've been...

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Posted on 07/10/2019 at 09:48 AM by Guest Author

Discover what makes a great villain so you can create a well-developed antagonist for your story. Table of Contents Why...

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