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What Makes a Compelling Story? The Secret Sauce Revealed

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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…

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The Life and Work of Hans Christian Andersen: Lessons for Writers

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Hans Andersen: Poet, Novelist, Storyteller A recent writing commission for a private client involved researching the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, author of the world famous fairy tales. I was delighted to be paid to revisit his stories and learn a little more of his biography.…

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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…

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How to Get in the Zone: Writing and Creativity

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Getting in the Zone Makes Writing Easy Some folks will tell you writing is easy. Others will tell you it’s damned difficult. Sometimes, the same writer will tell you both things at different times on the same day. Both are true. But all good writers will testify to…

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How to Write Without Approval: Reasons to Keep Writing When it’s Tough

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  The Need For Approval For many of us, the quest for approval is one of the reasons to keep writing. I imagine once you’ve a horde of adoring fans hanging on your every word, and swathes of bookstore real estate burgeoning with your work – if you’re…

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How to Become a Professional Writer: Help and Advice to Get You Started

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  What Do You Need to Be a Writer? Professional writing is one of the most challenging, interesting, enjoyable, and rewarding jobs in the world. In this post I’ll share with you the basics of how to become a professional writer. In my first year of writing full-time…

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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…

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