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Writing Prompt #19

It was a dark and stormy night. She was thrilled. This was her favorite kind of weather. It was the sunny days you had to watch out for. She shivered at the thought. Interested in getting your short story published? Submit your short story from this prompt using my contacts page and have a chance… Continue reading Writing Prompt #19

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How to Write Thrilling Suspense Into Your Novel

Suspense is one of the best ways to keep your readers hooked...but poorly done suspense can make your story fall flat or become way too predictable. Follow these five tips to write exciting and thrilling stories.

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Author Spotlight: Ally Carter

Ally Carter is a fantastic author who has written some of my favorite series. I longed to be a Gallagher Girl or travel to Embassy Row or maybe even try stealing my own Monet (kidding). Still, she knows how to weave a story together, creating suspense and thrills within each novel and throughout the whole… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Ally Carter

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Author Spotlight: Brandon Sanderson

In many ways, Sanderson has reawakened in me a love for epic fantasy and storytelling in general. He has weaved a Cosmere that is fascinating, complicated, magical, and truly mesmerizing. His characters are full of life and vigor. Trust me, you will quickly be sucked into his worlds.

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How to Write a Magic System

Writing a magic system can be fun, interesting, and challenging at times. Each magic system will have its own rules, patterns, quirks, and exceptions. A reader might never know all of them, but it is essential for the author to know each and every one so they can write from a place of knowledge, understanding, and authority.

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Author Spotlight: C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis has been considered one of the most prolific writers of the past century. He has written over 30 books, including theological greats such as Mere Christianity and the Problem of Pain, fiction like Till We Have Faces and Out of the Silent Planet, and the classic series The Chronicles of Narnia which has sold over a 100 million copies and been adapted into three major motion pictures.