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The 3 Ways to Show Emotion in Your Characters

This month I’m launching my new online video course: Emotional Mastery for Fiction Writers. Let me just share a tiny bit of what you’ll learn in the more than six hours of intense instruction. One of the most important emotional components of a novel or short story is the showing of emotion in a character. It’s

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How to Write a Mystery Like Agatha Christie

Whether you subscribe to the Christie School of Mystery or the Hitchcock School of Suspense, you can learn from both to create a novel that knocks the socks off your readers. This might sound crass, but manipulating your target audience to keep them turning pages is key. Have you ever stayed up way past the

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Exploring the Heart of Your Story

by Tasha Seegmiller I’m in A LOT of Facebook writing groups. I suspect I’m not alone in this. It’s actually one of my favorite things about social media.  One of the perks of being in so many groups is I get to see what people are wondering about. And the thing that has been showing up

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The Anatomy of a Bestselling Novel [Infographic]

Is it really possible to write a bestselling novel to order? To break down its constituent parts and use them as a kind of writing-a-blockbuster-by-numbers? After all, literature isn’t Lego, is it? Despite this, many people have tried. On the bookshelves, physical and digital, you’ll find endless books and courses on how to write a

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The Key to Writing Your Hero Meeting the Mentor

Great stories are filled with great characters. One of the most common characters in any story is the Mentor, a must-include character if you’re writing a Hero’s Journey story. In fact, the fourth step of the Hero’s Journey is Meeting the Mentor. Who is your hero’s Mentor, and how do they challenge them? As you

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Every Novel Scene Should Contain a Death

I hope that catchy title intrigues you. I’ll explain. I’ve launched my new online course Emotional Mastery for Fiction Writers, and it goes deep into both character and reader emotion. One very important emotional aspect of a novel is character change. But I bet you haven’t thought of change as a kind of death. Author

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Learning to Love the Edit

My name is Nicole Scarano, and I am an indie author with one novel published and the sequel due later this year. This fact is incredible to me, because eight years ago having a published book with my name on it was nothing more than a fantasy. I never thought it would happen, yet here I am

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Critique: 4 Ways to Write Gripping Internal Narrative

The old joke about how “the book was better than the movie” is a reflection of several attributes written fiction offers over visual fiction. One of the main ones is the ability to get inside characters’ heads via internal narrative. Narrative, by its very nature, is narrated by someone. Usually, that someone is the protagonist.

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