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Conflict is a writer’s main tool for building the world of their novel or short story. Conflict can reveal uncomfortable truths about what it means to be human; it can express a...

Jan 17, 2019

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“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover!” We’ve all heard the phrase and we all know that’s impossible. Because the cover of a book is the first thing a potential reader sees—it shoul...

Dec 21, 2018

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Every story is made up of both events and characters. A story happens because a pattern is interrupted. If you are writing about a day that is like any other day, it is most lik...

Dec 21, 2018

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Whether we’re discussing Hamlet or Harry Potter, the best stories are not just about an interesting series of events: they’re about characters. While a mastery of plot can help ...

Dec 20, 2018

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Writing dynamic, believable, and lively dialogue is an important skill for any storyteller. But what is great dialogue? Great dialogue rings true and is appropriate to the speak...

Dec 14, 2018

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While there are numerous ways to employ point of view in fiction, it’s good to familiarize yourself with the basics of this literary device.

Dec 14, 2018

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If you haven’t already heard, Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to her prescient classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. Responding to over three decades of conversations with readers a...

Nov 30, 2018

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According to bestselling author James Patterson, the best literary villains are complex bad guys whom readers simultaneously love and hate. Here, James reveals three key writing...

Nov 16, 2018

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Mystery writing is a form of fiction that uses clues and suspense to captivate a reader. Bestselling author James Patterson offers advice for writing gripping mysteries.

Nov 16, 2018

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