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[VIDEO] How to Develop Your Story Idea Into an Entire Novel

How many times has it happened to you? You're sitting there and, all of a sudden, inspiration strikes! A new story idea pops into your head -- an exciting, high concept outline that gets your blood pumping with possibilities... And then you realize that the real work needs to start. That golden overview needs to [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|0 Comments

5 Essential Screenwriting Podcasts You Should Subscribe to Today

If you’re a writer who blends a vivid imagination with the written word to create scripts for the big screen, TV, or even the stage, you’re sure to appreciate sitting back and listening to a good podcast or two on the subject. When you manage to get the time spare, that is! Writing for film [...]

By | August 30th, 2017|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|0 Comments

5 Ways to Scare the Pants Off Your Readers

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft   Horror is not just a remarkably diverse and visceral genre within which to write – it can also be one of the most difficult. The variety of emotional responses [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|8 Comments

Do You Really Need a Grammar Checker?

Even if your own grammar isn’t one hundred percent perfect, admit it: When you catch a grammatical foible in a book you’ve paid for, your writer senses tingle and that sudden slump of disappointment kicks in, doesn’t it? Everyone needs a helping hand now and then – that’s just a fact of life. Substance does [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|The Craft of Writing|48 Comments

Internal vs. External Conflict: Balancing the Fight

The key ingredients of a good story, internal and external conflicts are markers of the human condition – the fight for survival against an aggressive enemy or ravaging disease, the struggle for self-actualisation, or the personal battle against the urge to wolf down just one more donut. Come on... just one... Use both kinds of [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|3 Comments

[VIDEO] Writing Dialogue: 10 Tips to Help You

Dialogue is often one of the most confounding elements for writers to handle. Repetition, unnatural and on-the-nose speech, and expositional info-dumps are just a few of the pitfalls that regularly plague manuscripts. To help with this, today we're sharing a video by writer Mark Crilley wherein he uses his own Brody's Ghost comic books to [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|8 Comments