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- Using a real life legal case as inspiration for a novel | BOOKS BY WOMEN
Contracts, client meetings, and talking on the phone is not something that readers want to find in a thriller. That said, one of my goals in my debut novel was to tell a compelling story while at the same time giving readers a glimpse into what it’s really like to practice law. How could I do that without boring them?
Much of writing is instinctual, born of exposure to good stories and a lot of practice. However, there are some tools every writer needs to make their story professional and effective. Grammar and spelling are the obvious ones, but today, I’m talking about the elements of fiction: character, plot, setting, point of view, theme, and style.
- Emotional Would Entry: Growing Up In Foster Care | 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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Character development is crucial in stories exploring how people relate to each other and their environments. If all your characters stay unchanged, even through extreme circumstances, your novel can feel flat; two-dimensional. Developing your characters creates variety and makes characters vivid.
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- Suspension Of Disbelief: Making a Hollywood Dream a Reality | SCRIPT MAG
When I attended film school, the first thing I was taught in screenwriting class was the term suspension of disbelief. Our professor ingrained in us that for any film to be successful an audience must be seduced into believing what they are witnessing onscreen as reality, in order to be entertained.
- Alexander Payne on Appealing Characters vs. Sympathetic Characters | GO INTO THE STORY
In my current Create a Compelling Protagonist 1 week class, the subject came up about writing characters who don’t fit into the conventional role of a sympathetic figure, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) in Bad Santa for example.
- 5 Characters to Kill In Your Story | LA SCREENWRITER
There’s been a tremendous amount of discussion about killing characters this week, as HBO revealed whether a key character on Game of Thrones was actually dead or alive. The discussion had merit, as HBO, and especially Game of Thrones, has a habit of killing off significant characters in their narratives.
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The legendary screenwriting veteran behind Se7en has a new film coming out, and a lot to say about not letting the industry eat you alive.
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- Print Only Products: Turn Your Book Into A Notebook or WorkBook | THE CREATIVE PENN
The key to making a living with your writing is to have multiple streams of income, and although indie authors usually make more money with digital than print, there are ways to expand your print portfolio even with existing books.
- Goodbye Kindle Unlimited | JUST PUBLISHING ADVICE
Kindle Unlimited was worth a try, but after 12 months, no thank you.
29 New Ways To Sell More Books Right Now | CREATIVINDIE
What are some specific steps we can take to continue to drive sales our self (beyond being lucky enough to get a book bub). It might be nice to brainstorm a list of “lesser known” strategies.
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I know that Twitter can seem like an overwhelming jumble of conversations, which is why I’ve created the following guidelines to help you understand what types of content to share, how to network, and tools to tweet effectively!
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Social media and social networking are waning, but grabbing attention is booming.
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