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The 5 Elements of a Good First Page

It happens all too often: you have a great story, yet every agent you contact rejects your manuscript. “Didn’t pique my interest.”   “Didn’t strike a chord.” “Isn’t resonating with me.”   While there are many reasons a manuscript gets turned down, a boring first page tops the list. Why read the rest of a [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

7 Productivity Tips for Busy Writers

Whether you’re bashing out a novel for NaNoWriMo, crafting a short story or simply trying to get into the habit of noting down your ideas, successful writing depends on three things: productivity, consistency, and discipline. This isn’t the most fun combination, naturally, but here are seven ways to bring more productivity into your writing routine [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment

The Path of the Anti-Hero

All satisfying hero characters should be flawed, but there’s a particular kind that cranks up the off-kilter factor to dangerous levels: the anti-hero. Narcissistic, grumpy, guilty or damaged, we love them despite their many, many weaknesses. This type of protagonist is compelling because they show us that, despite our human failings, we’re all capable and [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|13 Comments

How to Create a Villain Your Readers Will Love to Hate

Evil laugh… funny hairdo… yeah, that’s another boring villain. Yawn. Why is it that most villains are run-of-the-mill, seem to pose no real threat even though they’ve got the remote for the bomb in their hand, or — to put it bluntly —are  just dumb? For your efforts to really take off, you need to create a villain [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments

How to Create Believable Main Characters

Knowing how to bring non-existent people to life on the page is an essential skill for any writer, and even more so when deadlines are tight. When time is of the essence, and you have to keep yourself motivated, forcing yourself to write a novel with a flat, dull or uninspiring main character quickly turns [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|7 Comments

[VIDEO] 5 Ways to NaNoWriMo Like a Career Novelist

Reading article after article to stuff your brain with all the writing knowledge you can absorb is certainly a good use of energy... but sometimes you just want to sit for 10 minutes with a nice warm drink and enjoy a video. Today, we present a video featuring Rachael Stephen (and her less-than-amused dog), as [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|3 Comments