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Food for Thought: Characterization #1

A month or so ago, I was reading The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult and came across this wonderful puzzle: At dinner a few nights ago, Trixie ...
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Writer Research: Gunshot Wounds

When guns are involved in fiction, someone will probably end up injured (or worse). The severity of gunshot wounds depends on a variety of factors ...
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2018 Writing Resolutions: May

Has another month already passed? it feels like I just posted our April update, though I suppose time flies when you're busy ...
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Writer Research: Guns

Is your protagonist a former spy on the run from the government? An intrepid reporter who sticks her nose where it doesn't belong? Guns often ...
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Financial Crime for Writers: An Overview

So you want to write about money – or rather, someone who commits crime for money. Where do you start? Financial crime, or the fraudulent ...
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Four Tips for Stronger, More Concise Writing

When I first started writing,  I wanted to use all the words.  I crammed my sentences full of adjectives and adverbs, determined to be as ...
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Writer Research: PTSD

Soldier's heart, shell shock, battle fatigue; there have been many names for the condition we now know as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Regardless of what we ...
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Criticizing Constructively: 7 Helpful Tips

As a fanfiction writer, one of the best parts of my day is reading reviews. The feedback I receive bolsters my confidence and has helped ...
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2018 Writing Resolutions: April

Here we are at the end of another month, which means it's time to check in on our progress. How did you do during April? ...
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Thursday Threes: Q&A with Author Sweta Vikram

This week, we're featuring Sweta Vikram, an award-winning author of eleven books who has been featured in the New York Times. Her debut US novel, ...
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