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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.
write fast

Write Fast, Right Now

Whether you’re on deadline for a client or your laptop battery is clinging to its final dribs of power mid-writing session, when you’re an active writer, chances are, at some point, you will have to write under tight time pressure.
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.
written work

Nothing is Wasted (If You Put It To Use)

Your life experiences — exhilarating and tedious, mundane and magnificent — should inform your written work. Channel your emotions and use descriptive details to make your story-world come alive.

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