Writing as Play: 7 Ways to Put the Fun Back into Writing

Writing as Play: 7 Ways to Put the Fun Back into Writing

Roses are red Violets are blue If Anthony Horowitz can have fun writing So can you. At a recent indie bookstore event, award-winning thriller writer Paul Doiron interviewed the one-and-only Anthony Horowitz, international bestselling author and screenwriter of such...
Noodling 101: How to Generate Good Ideas… Fast!

Noodling 101: How to Generate Good Ideas… Fast!

“There’s always the next book.” Louise DeSalvo That’s what Louise DeSalvo says. DeSalvo is the author of The Art of Slow Writing, which I purchased as a kind of hair shirt and read as a kind of guilty pleasure. As a mystery writer expected to turn out a book a year,...
Story Questions: The Secret to Narrative Thrust

Story Questions: The Secret to Narrative Thrust

One of the most common reasons agents and editors pass on stories—and readers stop reading them—is a lack of narrative thrust. Narrative thrust is the engine that propels your story forward, beat by beat, scene by scene, chapter by chapter, from the very first word to...
The Writer’s Guide to the Holidays

The Writer’s Guide to the Holidays

Readers love the holidays, and they love books set during the holidays. That’s why these special occasions play a significant role in the writing, promoting, and marketing of books. Writers often forget that setting a book during a particular holiday season can be a...

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