Posted on 02/24/2020 at 03:28 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Editor and writer Katherine Pickett once heard a friend say that chapter summaries suck the life out of a story....

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Posted on 02/09/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When your story is told through third-person limited point-of-view, consider looking at how many layers the reader must dive through....

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Posted on 01/29/2020 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Vivid, developed characters are a key factor in how compelling your story is. But don’t add characters just because you’ve...

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Posted on 01/18/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When we think of story structure, we often think of plot progression and not necessarily the literal way in which...

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Posted on 12/26/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No matter the topic, you’ve likely found a new blog to love and been both excited and exhausted by the...

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Posted on 12/18/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

“Formulaic” is often tossed around as an insult. We’re not suggesting that you make your novel as predictable as can...

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Posted on 11/20/2019 at 10:52 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Keeping your reader engaged and interested in your story doesn’t mean rattling off events at an auctioneer’s speed. C.S. Lakin...

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Posted on 11/16/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In fiction, tension isn’t about clenching your fists or gritting your teeth — or stating that your protagonist is doing...

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Posted on 11/07/2019 at 11:45 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When you revise your novel, you should be ensuring that each scene is as strong as it can be. Christian...

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Posted on 11/05/2019 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Maisey Yates has advice for any fellow writers considering a genre or subgenre switch. First: Don’t be intimidated about...

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