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Story Promises: What Readers Expect from Fiction

Like many readers, my main reason for reading fiction is to be taken out of my world and into someone else’s. Before I became a writer, I didn’t expend a lot of brain power to decide what stories to pick. I

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10 Reasons Why You Should Write Fan Fiction

We write [fan fiction] because we love these vampires, Doctor Who companions, or demon hunters so much that we can’t stand not knowing what happened in those missing scenes or giving them the chance to make a different or better

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Bad Writing: Good for Laughs and Learning

Writers have many opportunities to ensure their manuscripts are ready to submit. We can take classes and workshops to acquire skills, both basic and advanced. We can gain feedback in critique groups and from professional editors and proofers. And the

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Anatomy of a Monster

Here’s a spreadsheet with points to consider when creating a monster character. Do you have suggestions for changes? If you let me know, I’ll update the spreadsheet and keep it on my resources page.

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Confusion vs Curiosity in Fiction

I recently sat in on a talk by New Mexico author RJ Mirabal in which he shared some of the lessons he learned on the road to publication. He made the point that an author must write in a way

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