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Stephen King and the Road to Hell for Writers by Tom Aaron
If you look for advice on your writing, surf the Internet and you will find advice galore. One writing site tells you that one reason we plunk down money for writers like Stephen King is because they use adverbs to make their writing interesting. (10/12)

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters By Gail Pruszkowski
A clever plot will draw readers to your book but if they don't care about your characters you will soon lose them. The most exciting stories, the ones you remember long after the book is closed are those… (11/12)

Will Print On Demand Help Me Get an Agent? by Scribblepad
Have you contemplated taking your writing to 'print on demand' or 'POD' status? If so, you aren’t alone. Many entrepreneurial writers who have had difficulty finding a literary agent (or who have been hesitant or unwilling to send out dozens of queries)… (12/12)

Capturing Ideas by Karen Rigley
Non-writers often ask, "Where do you get your ideas?" The answer is everywhere. A word or phrase can fire a writer's imagination. Overhearing a conversation in a café, or the way a person… (1/13)

What Will Your Character Do When Disaster Strikes? By Carolyn Kaufman
Most people have seen the character worksheets that encourage writers to identify everything from shoe size and favorite food to sexual turn ons and turn offs. And while knowing your character's most treasured possession might come in handy… (2/13)

Writing Again After Life Upheaval By Karen Elizabeth Rigley
Storms of life can leave you battered and shipwrecked from your writing. Whatever the crisis, the resulting chaos can dam up your ability to create. It’s difficult, sometimes nearly impossible, to be creative… (2/13)

Scriptwriting - The Five Key Points of Story Structure By Jon Rhodes
One thing is true of all stories. They all have a beginning, middle and end. Film scripts typically run from 100 to 120 pages with each page representing about a minute of screen time… (3/13)

Writing For Children and Teens - Should You Outline Your Story Before Writing? by Maurene Janiece
Writing For Children and Teens. Part of the writing process is experimenting. Writers differ on their opinions about outlining--some love it, some hate it, and some are mixed. (4/13)

Does Your Theme Contain Character, Conflict, Resolution? by Nick Vernon
For a theme to work and the story, which will revolve around the theme, it has to contain three things: Character, Conflict and Resolution. (5/13)

Six Simple Steps to Sensible Editing by Mervyn Love
O.K., so you've finished your story or article, you've breathed a sigh of relief and are just about to reach for the envelope and stamps when the Good Writers' Fairy raps you smartly on the head and whispers... (6/13)

How Are You Plotting? by Nick Vernon
Writing is a creative process and how every writer chooses to create, is individual to them. Likewise, with plotting, every writer plots at a level they are comfortable with. Here are some pointers to help you create the plots that readers want to read. (7/13)

Is The Theme Running Throughout The Story? by Nick Vernon
It’s no use coming up with a theme and not using it. Short stories are about a character or characters and about one situation or happening in those characters lives. By concentrating on that one thing, our stories are focused. You will need to focus to maintain a level of intensity and sticking to the theme enables us to do that. Let me give you an example… (8/13)

How To Make Money Writing Blog Novels by Christopher Kyalo
Blog novels are an extremely lucrative option, which every writer should take a closer look at. I am not talking theory here, I've actually written two blog novels, and although only one of them is complete, both earn me an ongoing income. What's more they will continue to earn me that income for many years to come - that's the beauty of a blog novel. Writing a novel is hard work, but there are several advantages of writing it online and in the form of a blog. To start with it is much easier to write it in blog format… (10/13)

5 Tips For Your First Jab At Creative Writing by Mario R. Churchill
The world of creative writing is an ever expanding one as stories or genres continue to evolve in a natural reaction to the changes in time. Having confirmed writing skills, however, is not enough to succeed in creative writing. Having passion for it is more important than having technical expertise. Love for creative writing, and not adherence to the grammatical elements, is what will ultimately guide you to doing things properly and successfully. (11/13)

How To Write A Blockbuster Novel by Avril Harper
Avril Harper takes a look at how a writers should prepare themselves for writing a best seller. She quotes from both publishers and established authors to give a much needed perspective before embarking on countless hours of writing, and rounds off with some practical and helpful do's and don’ts. (01/14)

Share Your Best Life Story With The World - by Jim Edwards
When most people sit down to write a book, they expect it will take months to complete the job. They envision working endlessly and toiling over every word until they finally emerge a year or two later with their finished "masterpiece." Well, that may hold true for traditional authors, but the power of the Internet makes it possible for more innovative authors to not only create books with compelling content, but to do it faster and easier than most ever dreamed possible. (02/14)

The Top 7 Mistakes eBook Authors Make by Jim Edwards & David Garfinkel
Just starting your first e-book? Then watch out, it's easy to trip up by making these 7 basic mistakes! Get the knowledge and get off to a racing start! (03/14)

Overcome Writers Block with Snake Dancing by Judy Cullins, M.A.
Writing coach Judy Collins comes up with some ideas to put the wheel back on the shopping trolley. (04/14)

Warming Up: Ten Exercises for Fiction Writers By Dr. Erika Dreifus
Here are 10 useful warming-up exercises to get you in the mood for that next article, chapter or short story. (05/14)

Break in with Fillers: The Best Market for New Writers by Shelley Wake
Shelley Wake shows how to get published the easy way - by writing fillers that magazine editors are crying out for. (06/14)

A Strange Writing Lesson by D-L Nelson
Donna-Lane Nelson shows how to sharpen your story writing by learning lessons from you DVD collection. (07/14)

Writer's Block Does Not Exist by Dan Goodwin
How often do you get that slowly rising feeling of dread that you can't seem to come up with any good new ideas, lines or phrases in your writing? Maybe you feel so stuck you can't even write a word, let alone a sentence, paragraph or page? (09/14)

Retirement: Write On! by Bruce Harris
Many older people, and perhaps especially the retired, consider themselves 'out of touch' and find the idea that anyone might be interested in whatever fiction they might attempt as probably a little far-fetched. This assumption can sometimes be in spite of the fact that they have lived long and varied lives and may well have done and seen much more than many younger people have. (10/14)

Setting the Scene: Fiction and Non-Fiction (Including Memoirs) by Joyce Shafer
You can provide scene setting through narrative, as well as dialogue. And you need to provide the setting each time characters shift from one scene to another. You never want to leave readers "wandering in the dark," with no idea where they, through the characters (or the non-fiction writer), are or should be. When you write in first person, your main character (or you as the "star of your show") provides this information. In third person, the narrator (you) does this. (11/14)

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