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Productive Research for Writers

As you may well know, just because you’re writing fiction, it doesn’t mean you make up absolutely everything. Successful fiction usually comes from the art of weaving reality with imagination. A good writer lures readers in with imaginative details, but makes them stay with believable plots and people – and a single content or contextual [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

How Suspense is Different in Cinema and Literature

Everybody loves to watch a good movie. The action, the characters, the setting, the special effects – they all come together in their own way to present this absorbing, extraordinary world in which everything seems possible. Like literature, most movies are designed to offer us important life lessons and to mimic and reflect on real-life [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment

What’s the Score? – Outlander

The results of our most recent reader poll are in, and the winner – by a mere 2% of the vote – is international sensation Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping and fantastical historical romance, Outlander! Gabaldon’s tale of time-travel, war, intrigue, and passion exploded into the popular realm following its adaptation into a Starz original TV series [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|What's the Score?|9 Comments

Writers’ Markets – April 2018

Once again, we’ve been busy scouring the fiction markets, looking out for the most interesting homes for your latest stories. What did we find this time around? Take a look at the lists below! Be sure to thoroughly check the guidelines from each publisher. Even if you don’t have anything ready right now, they might [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Writers' Markets|3 Comments

The Pros and Cons of Joining a Writing Group

Writing can be a lonely task. As you sit by the light of your monitor and type away at a story, you have no idea if what you’re creating will be received as inspired genius or unmitigated drivel. One way to find out is to share your story with other people. Family and friends might [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|8 Comments

Are There Only 7 Stories in the World?

Many academics, most notably author Christopher Booker, believe that there are only seven basic plot structures in all of storytelling – frameworks that are recycled again and again in fiction but populated by different settings, characters, and conflicts. Those seven plots are: Overcoming the Monster Rags to Riches The Quest Voyage and Return Rebirth Comedy [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|10 Comments