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Spin That Captivating Tale | Live Write Thrive

Today’s guest post is by Carla D. Bass. Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold. An author employs an intriguing plot, captivating characters, and exquisite settings to spin a tale. However, these ingredients, themselves, don’t guarantee a captivating tale. The author must induce the reader to hang on every single word (double drumbeat for emphasis) from that

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How to Write the Perfect Villain

Writing a great book that readers want to pick up and read, or even re-read, usually involves writing amazing characters people can relate to. That includes writing villains who are relatable. It might seem counter-intuitive, but from what I’ve seen through my own reading and research, villains simply can’t be one-dimensional… readers pick up on

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The Highs and Lows of the Debut Author Experience

By Barbara Linn Probst It’s a cliché that becoming a published author is like becoming a parent. The astonishing reality of this new creation, after all the months—or even years—of preparation. The swift change of identity. The joy and vulnerability.  As a parent by adoption, I’ve always been sensitive to this metaphor, finding it both

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Writing Jobs: 14 Small-Business Markets That Pay Freelancers

Looking for writing jobs? Don’t overlook the small-business niche. Small business owners are scrambling to adapt to a pandemic-ridden economy. Both print and online publications are looking for expert content to help their readers navigate these unfamiliar waters. And that’s great news for freelancers. Do you know the small-business niche? Or at least know who

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How to Research Your Genre to Write Better Stories

The first time I wrote a novel, I didn’t think about genre until the first draft was done, and I began trying to untangle my mess in revision. After two painful years (mostly comprised of avoidance, procrastination, and general despair), I hired a developmental editor who began our first phone call by asking, “What kind

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18 Worthy Websites for Writers

Today’s guest post is by Jeanna Bray. Apart from your desire to be an author and determination on this thorny path, what makes a successful writer? According to veterans of the industry, it’s lots of reading, writing, and a supportive community. The sites from today’s selection can provide you with all the three. So, without

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