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Quick Link: The Secret of a Successful Mystery: Making the Reader a Participator

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Although this article on Writers Helping Writers is geared towards the mystery genre, the wisdom that is shared really applies to all types of stories. The best reads are the ones that suck you in and won’t let you out until you […]

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Quick Link: The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. I know, I know. We share a lot of “show don’t tell” posts. But in my defence, I think it is one of those subjects that seems easy until you try and do it and this is a really great post by Julie […]

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Quick Links: Lesser-Known Character Archetypes

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. There are certain characters you need in a story. You need a protagonist and antagonist of course, but you also need supporting characters as well.  Over at Writers Helping Writers, Becca Puglisi shares some other character archetypes that can add to your […]

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Quick Link: How to Keep Readers Happy When Your Character’s Unlikeable

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Have you read or seen Gone Girl? That is the kind of character you kind of like to hate. It is a different type of character but one that can be really interesting if done well. Holly Brown shares her thoughts on […]

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Quick Link: Ten Crazy Realities About Writing a Sequel

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Do you write with the knowledge of a possible sequel in your head or are you one of those authors that waits to see if there is some success with your story and then worry about a sequel? I believe that you […]

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Quick Links: Ultimate Guide: Structural Editing For Your Novel

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Can you over edit a manuscript? I mean I am sure it is possible but most of the time the problem is not enough editing, and not enough of the right kind of editing. Author Helen Scheuerer from Writer’s Edit helps with […]

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Quick Link: 5 Reasons Why You Should Write a Novella

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Novellas are becoming very popular as they don’t take quite the commitment of a full-length novel for the reader or the author. Over at Ink and Quills, Kaitlin Hillerich gives her best five reasons why you should write a novella! ~ * […]

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Quick Links: Are You Characters Contradicting Themselves?

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Don’t you hate it when you are totally into a character and fully invested in their story and then they do something so different from who they are that it jars you right back to reality? Janice Hardy has great advice on […]

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Quick Links: How to Write 10,000 Words in a Day, and Why You Should Give It a Shot (at least once)

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. What is the most words you have written in day? Have you ever done 10K? I have a couple of times during NaNoWriMo, when life almost got in the way of completing my 50K words. It is not something I think I […]

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Quick Links: 7 Serious Tips for Writing a Humor-Filled Novel

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. As a big fan quirky funny books such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Universe or any of the late great Sir Terry Pratchett novels, I would love to be able to write humorous fiction. But writing funny stories is a lot […]

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Quick Link: 12 Questions To Help You Create Memorable Characters

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. We all want to make our characters compelling and having depth. I don’t know about you, but I have read some very good serials that have kind of lost me at the end because the hero/heroine was too perfect and always good.  […]

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Quick Links: Passing Time Is The Secret To Improving Your Story

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. When we write, we get so deep into the story that sometimes it is hard to see any problems, especially ones that deal with the timeline of the story. But if you have been to any fan sites on the internet, you […]

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Quick Link: Critique Groups: 6 Ways they May Hurt Your Writing…and 6 Ways they Can Help

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Are you a member of a critique group? Anne R. Allen thinks they are a great resource for all writers. She also has a few cautions as well so whether you are in a group or not, go check out her article.  […]

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Quick Link: 5 Steps to a Thorough Book Edit

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Editing a manuscript can be cringe inducing, right up there with getting a root canal.  But it needs to be done to move you forward.  Good thing Liberty Speidel has some great tips so you can do a thorough job and perhaps […]

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Quick Link: 3 Questions to Ask When Revising

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Into ever writer’s life there is a time for revisions. Sarah Ahiers has a couple of questions to keep in mind as you do the revision to make sure you are putting out quality work. Just go to Writer’s Digest to learn all […]

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