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Are Your Stakes High Enough? with Janice Hardy

Today, we welcome back author and blogger Janice Hardy, who explains why raising the stakes in your story ultimately rewards your reader. Great to have you with us again, Janice!  Stakes are a critical part of […]

Literary Archaeology – The Craft of Historical Research with Hazel Gaynor

Writing historical fiction means merging two stories into one. The factual, what actually happened, and the story you want to tell the reader. Today’s guest, Hazel Gaynor, wrote a novel inspired by true events of the Titanic’s […]

Deadline Diva: the Pain and the Pleasure by Tessa Shapcott

Welcome Tessa Shapcott (who met her deadline for the RU post with NO problem). Today we’re going to take a strong look at deadlines, love ‘em or hate ‘em, all writers work with them. Deadlines.  […]

Nerds Unite! Plotting is Awesome! With Vanessa Knight

Calling all plotting nerds! You’re going to want to read Vanessa Knight’s post on plotting – it’s a real eye-opener! Some call me particular, some call me detail-oriented and others (you know who you are) […]

Can I Have 15 Minutes of Your Time? Donna Cummings

Help me welcome Donna Cummings from All About the Writing. Today she’s going to help us raise our productivity level and lower our procrastination level! “Wow, how am I expected to handle that? It’s huge.” […]

Party fèves: the charms baked into the batter with Damon Suede

Do you have books that have grabbed your because of one line? A scene? The way an author depicts a setting? Those little gems are what keep you riveted in the story and keep it on your mind […]

Using Proverbs to Boost Character and Plot Development with Jean Murray

Jean Murray joins us to show that an oldie but a goodie – a proverb – can help us create books that captivate readers. The pen is mightier than the sword ~ Using proverbs to boost […]

Adam Firestone: I’m Sorry Ma’am, That’s Classified: Security Clearances and Classified Information Basics for Writers

Instead of his usual instructional posts on weaponry, today ADAM FIRESTONE lifts up the curtain on the shadowy world of secrets and classified information. If you’ve read this column with any regularity, you’re probably aware […]

Size Matters – Tips for Enlarging Your Manuscript by Kris Bock

You’ve typed ‘The End’ but your story falls short of the required word count. Now what? Author Kris Bock shares her insight and offers tips on how to expand the length of your story.  Welcome […]

Mary Buckham presents: What is ACTIVE SETTING and Why it Should Matter to YOU!

Your story’s setting is much more than a GPS reading for your reader. Author and workshop guru extraordinaire, Mary Buckham, explains why setting plays a substantial role in enhancing a reader’s experience. Welcome, Mary!   […]

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