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- What exactly makes a damn good story? | TERRIBLE MINDS
That’s the hard part, this humanbot is right. Story is an unruly beast.
Settings can be tricky for authors. In our desire to firmly ground readers in the scene, we often write too much, adding way more details than are necessary. We also tend to write our settings in somewhat bald terms, keeping them simple so readers can easily envision the time and place.
- Emotional Wounds Entry: Being Stalked | WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound.
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- How to find The End | BOOKS BY WOMEN
Starting things is easy, right? Relationships, diets, runs, New Year’s resolutions – we dive in, full of enthusiasm. Of course we’ll stick to it. Of course we’ll see it through. Sadly, the finishing bit is not so easy.
- Writing Fantasy: How to write fresh when following a recipe | WRITER’S DIGEST
Authors are inspired by a variety of sources and then mash-up different ideas to create interesting new concoctions. Some work, some don’t. We explore and play with many. I’ve always liked to push and test myself to do something nontraditional. So how do I make it easy for readers to swallow?
- How to start your book or movie with a bang | PAT VERDUCCI
One of the most common problems with early book and screenplay drafts is that the story takes too long to get started.
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- WRITER’S EDGE: Drama defined: Why drama genre is a tough sell? | SCRIPT MAG
Of all the genres, drama has the most emotional impact on screen. Think about it. Virtually every memorable film is a drama. Examine the American Film Institute’s “100 Best Films of All Time” and at least ninety percent of them are in the drama category. So why are dramas so difficult to pitch?
- LEGAL: Protecting your stories–Borrowed elements or stolen idea? | SCRIPT MAG
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Facebook advertising is a core part of my business now, and I only started using it because of Mark Dawson.
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I don’t think there’s any doubt at this point that every author needs a website. Publishers recommend them for their own authors, and self-publishing writers know that, for most of us, our natural home is online.
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Readers are making the decisions now, and it is clear that they see little difference between traditionally published and self-published titles.
An alternative to ACX for audiobook production and distribution | JANE FRIEDMAN
Audiobooks are experiencing some of the best growth in the book publishing industry; sales were up by more than 24 percent in 2015 according to the Audiobook Publishers Association.
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