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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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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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Routines for Writers: How to Develop a Writing Schedule and Stick to It

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What’s the Most Difficult Thing About Writing? The most difficult thing about writing may be developing a workable writing schedule. Well, for most of us it isn’t coming up with ideas, plotting, characterization, story arcs, subplots or any of the nitty-gritty aspects of our craft. If we’re already…

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The Elements of Fiction: Is Conflict the Heart of a Story?

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Conflict is An Important Element of Any Story Conflict is one of the elements of fiction which no story can do without. It’s the driving force, the engine, powering and empowering drama. It doesn’t matter which medium is used – the written word, dance, music, film, a computer…

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How Many Books Should a Writer Read? Can You Be a Writer if You Don’t Read?

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Reading and Writing are Two Sides of the Same Coin How many books should a writer read? The simple answer to this question is, “As many as possible.” I don’t know any successful writers who aren’t voracious readers. To me it’s a no-brainer that in order to write, and to…

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How Does Symbolism Enhance a Story? Advice for Writers

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Symbolism and the Language of Literature I was recently asked by a reader of this blog if I could answer the question, “How does symbolism enhance a story?” It’s an interesting question and I’ll do my best to answer it. I remember very clearly from my school days…

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