Techniques

Protagonist Murdered!

Caution: Villains Can Kill Your Story! Your main character may survive the bad guy’s beating, shooting and stabbing him. But your story can suffer–and die–if you don’t know how to pick the right antagonist and how to integrate him into your story….
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Are Writers Being Shorted with the new James Patterson approach?

What’s this “the shorter the better” all about in publishing these days? James Patterson jumped on that bandwagon–and is racing off! Publishers are also seeking shorter books. Short fiction is no longer ONLY a testing ground for new writers–here are the facts.

Quit Writing to Stop Procrastinating! Huh?

Procrastination is a demon in any writer’s life. So why quit writing to avoid it? Here’s a 5-step “Quit” trick that will find you writing more productively. Procrastination comes in many guises, but here are two that I see often…
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When Do Weak Characters Spell Publishing Success?

Is your protagonist charming? Uh-oh! That may seem good, but then why is it many successful protagonists are weak, sad or, at least to a degree, miserable characters? How come? Many books and movies focus on the little kid who needs…
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Writing “50 Shades of Plot”

Want to learn how to plot your book “Fifty Shades of Grey” style? I’m not talking erotic mysteries, mind you (let’s save that for a slightly different forum, hmm?), but there is a secret hidden in this title that writers can…
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