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writing characters

Writing Characters Who Aren’t Like You

When you write a work of fiction, your characters can be anyone, from anywhere, and from any time. This is exciting creative freedom, but it can also be perilous.
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Meet Middle Grade Horror Master, Dan Poblocki

Dan Poblocki published his first Middle Grade horror book, The Stone Child, just over 10 years ago. He took time out of his writing schedule to talk about his creative process, the horror genre, and his favorite horror films.
unity of effect

Edgar Allan Poe’s Notion Of “Unity Of Effect”

Edgar Allan Poe's notion of "unity of effect" describes his belief that everything in a written work must lead toward the denouement, starting with the first word.
scope of your story

The Scope Of Your Story

Scope is what everyone is talking about when they talk about genre. The scope of your story defines the genre — some concepts and ideas are in and others are out.
book synopsis

The value of a great book synopsis

Whether as a substance check, a means to kick-off the writing process, or a vehicle to share your story with beta readers, agents, and publishers, there is a lot of value in a book synopsis.
motion map

Creating A Motion Map Of Your Story

Great writing is all about great motion and change — and every bit of motion needs a motivation. You can track these cycles by creating a motion map.
creativity when writing

Can You Trigger Creativity?

Sometimes, taking a problem on head-on isn't the most creative solution. Why not try Oblique Strategies, the I Ching, or a coin flip? Changing your mental approach can lead to a side-door solution you didn't see before.

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