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Portraying a Murderer: 4 Lessons from Macbeth

Shakespeare's Macbeth contains all the ingredients of good crime fiction. It has a murderer, means, motive, opportunity, and alibis, all interwoven into a tension filled ...
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Writer Research: Sword Fighting

So now that we've gone over swords, let's talk about fighting with them. Basic Terminology Advance - a short movement forward Binding - engaging the ...
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4 Methods to Make Your Crime Fiction Stand Out

“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.” When staring at a blank sheet of paper, write down this timeless advice from ...
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Weekly Writing Prompt: Love

In honor of Valentine's Day, this week's theme is simple: Love. It doesn't matter what genre you write, nor whether you prefer fiction or nonfiction ...
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Writer Research: Swords

Are you interested in writing medieval based fantasy? Historical fiction? If so, there's a good chance your characters will be using swords. Read on for ...
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Writer Research: Polygraphs

In fiction, we often see a suave criminal tricking the lie detector or some low-level thug cracking under the weight of his own deception. Just ...
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2018 Writing Resolutions: January

Back in December, I posted about writing goals for the coming year. I addressed several reasons we tend to fall short on our New Year's ...
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4 Lessons Writers Can Learn From Finding Neverland

Over the weekend, my mom and I went to see the musical Finding Neverland. If that title sounds familiar, it’s probably because there’s an Academy-award ...
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Writer Research: Traumatic Brain Injury

There's been more attention given to this recently, especially as it relates to athletes and concussions. Still, there are a lot of misconceptions when it ...
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How to Outline Your Story in 5 Acts

Let's be honest: Shakespeare's plays aren't always easy to translate, even though they're technically written in Modern English. Between the inverted syntax and obsolete words, ...
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