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5 Tips for Writing About Covid-19

It seems like everywhere I turn this past week, someone is writing about Covid-19. And I get it, there's a lot to figure out and understand in this unprecedented time. People's lives are being changed, whether they now have children at home for the next few weeks or they are working remote or their college… Continue reading 5 Tips for Writing About Covid-19

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Starting Your Story: Tips For That First Sentence

We’ve all been there. The best novel idea is bouncing around in your head and you’re staring at a blank piece of paper, trying to figure how to break the ice and start putting words to paper.  Oh, that feeling is rough. It’s like, “C’mon, I’ve got gold in here, I just need that first… Continue reading Starting Your Story: Tips For That First Sentence

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Quick Tip #1

Beware “turning” words, a word or phrase that helps shift your story to go in a new direction usually by telling rather than showing. A heavy reliance on them lends towards less action and less engagement with the reader.  Turning words to avoid: suddenly; then; out of nowhere; surprisingly; shockingly; seemed Examples:  Turning words: Suddenly,… Continue reading Quick Tip #1

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How To Write a Relationship Your Reader Will Love

You may have heard that the golden rule for writing a relationship is that if they have to kiss for your reader to know they’re in love, you haven’t written a real relationship. But what does that actually look like? How do you write something that your readers will ship? Here are my top five… Continue reading How To Write a Relationship Your Reader Will Love

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How to Write a Good Villain: Five Questions to Create a Compelling Character

How to Write a Good Villain: Five Questions to Create a Compelling Character. If you sit down to write and find yourself asking how to write a good villain, then you're in the right place. Here are five questions to ask yourself to tell if your villain is the next Moriarty or the next Dr. Dufus.

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How to Write a Cold Weather Scene

These 5 tips can change you story for boring to engaging as you write about the cold in a way that is both realistic and immersive. Plus, it's always fun to write a scene you feel immersed in and hopefully you'll feel the chill along with your characters.