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What Makes a Compelling Story? The Secret Sauce Revealed

Posted in conflict in fiction, Creative Writing, creativity, Fiction, finishing your novel, genre fiction, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, literary devices, Literature, motivation for writers, novels, self publishing, Storytelling, Writing a novel, writing and creativity, writing life, writing mistakes, and Writing Tips

Bad Writing Sells With my market research hat on, I was trawling through book samples, reading the first chapter or two of top-selling, self-published, genre fiction on sale at the major online retailers. I wanted to discover what these books have in common that makes them sell. I…

How Do Authors Create Suspense in Writing?

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How to Write Nail-Biting Suspense in Fiction A reader has asked, “How do authors create suspense in writing? What’s the key to nail-biting tension in fiction?” I spent a long time asking myself the same thing. I also spent far too much time barking up all the wrong trees…

Writing for Money: Writing for Love is the Key to Success

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Should You Write for Money or Love? This business about writing for love or writing for money matters. It’s a cause of tension in my writing life; it’s a nagging concern which sometimes keeps me up at night; and it’s a burning question which I’ve answered in different…

The Origins of Urban Fantasy in the Literature of Classical Antiquity

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The Ancient Origins of Urban Fantasy I wonder how many readers of Urban Fantasy fiction, or any fantasy literature, know how ancient its origins are? In a previous post I suggested the genre began in the 1980s – nurtured by the writer and editor Terri Windling and inspired by…

What is Urban Fantasy? Monsters, Transgression, and Kicking Ass

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It All Started in the 1980s What is Urban Fantasy? While fantastical stories set in urban environments appear in 19th century literature (think of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula in London or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) and even as far back as antiquity (consider the adventures recounted in Apuleius’s Golden Ass),…

Why Do Authors Use Metaphors? How Metaphors Ignite Imagination

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Igniting the Reader’s Imagination Why do authors use metaphors? I think it’s fair to say without metaphor most prose would be very poor, fiction far from fantastic, and poetry impossible. Most of us remember being taught about metaphor and other literary devices at school. A few of us…

3 Big Mistakes I Made Writing and Publishing and How You Can Avoid Them

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Making Mistakes is the Only Way to Learn Only three? Well, to be honest I’ve made many more than three big mistakes writing and publishing so far. I don’t doubt for a moment I’ll make many more. In fact, it’s fair to say I can always find new mistakes to…