Posted on 10/01/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Many of us turn our thoughts to the supernatural and paranormal in October because of Halloween (if it's not an...

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Posted on 09/26/2022 at 10:53 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As has been discussed before, your story idea might be born of an intriguing character or fascinating plot — and...

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Posted on 09/22/2022 at 09:26 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Direct, forthright communication is generally a good thing in your real life. But, says author DiAnn Mills, it's less desirable...

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Posted on 09/14/2022 at 03:49 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author/editor/book coach Susan DeFreitas doesn't dispute that talent and skill are useful qualities in a writer. But in her opinion,...

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Posted on 09/07/2022 at 02:58 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Make no mistake — as an author, you do want your reader asking questions. You just don't want those questions...

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Posted on 09/02/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As copy writer Alexander Lewis acknowledges, very few people (if anyone) need to be told that the Internet can be...

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Posted on 08/29/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If a belief serves you, then we won't discourage you from holding it. For example, a few commenters on Joni...

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Posted on 08/16/2022 at 11:31 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Suspense and tension are both important features of your novel. And how they work together is even more powerful, says...

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Posted on 08/07/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writing a book can feel like a never-ending task. (Not to mention the revising — but that's a whole 'nother...

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Posted on 08/02/2022 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Scenes are the building blocks of novels. But, to continue the analogy, what holds them together? Summaries and, sometimes, spacers,...

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