Posted on 06/22/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We see a lot of relationship advice for fiction — romantic advice. But it dawned on author Vaughn Reynolds recently...

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Posted on 06/22/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors frequently talk about how characters make plot decisions for them, sometimes to their great surprise. So it’s not a...

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Posted on 06/21/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Book coach Susan DeFreitas typically sees three different launching points for novels: with a character, with a plot or story...

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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 06/08/2021 at 09:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Dave Chesson acknowledges that static characters may not sound all that interesting, based on their names. But in reality, they...

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Posted on 06/07/2021 at 03:06 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Adverbs with dialogue tags and descriptions of body language are obvious ways to convey a character’s emotion. But they’re far...

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Posted on 06/05/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Understanding your character is key to writing him or her as vividly as possible. Bestselling and award-winning author S. K....

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Posted on 05/25/2021 at 11:05 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two of the most basic pieces of writing advice are “show, don’t tell” and “write what you know.” That advice...

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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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Posted on 05/17/2021 at 11:58 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As you’ve certainly learned from living in a world with other people, we don’t all approach conflict the same way....

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