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Fiction Writing Hacks: Mastering Conflict – Online Course Now Available

My second online course — a quick, digestible 20 minutes — has been published on Skillshare. The topic? Fiction Writing Hacks: Mastering Conflict. In this class, I cover the basics of conflict, how important it is in writing fiction of all kinds (and even creative nonfiction), and ideas for how…

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Short Story Brainstormer: A Writer’s Outlining Journal — New Book Release

I’d like to introduce you to the Short Story Brainstormer: A Writer’s Outlining Journal. Designed to help you organize and outline all of your short story ideas, the Short Story Brainstormer has built-in prompts for every element you’ll need to figure out your characters, plot, and more. It will guide…

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Ask the Editor Episode 2: Does Every Scene in My Novel Need Conflict?

Welcome to another episode of Ask the Editor! In this video episode, I discuss the place of conflict in each scene of your novel and what you might use in place of conflict. Have an Ask the Editor Question? You can send me your questions and comments in several ways.…

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11 Tips for Creating a Strong Opening Chapter

Just how important is the opening chapter of your novel? Traditionally published authors depend on it to gain the interest of agents and editors. For both indie authors or traditionally published authors, a strong opening chapter translates into sales (through book excerpts and previews), page views on services such as…

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No Conflict Between Characters—Helping Writers Become Authors

Today’s reblog comes from K. M. Weiland over at Helping Writers Become Authors. She covers why a lack of conflict leads to an ineffective scene and then goes on to tell you what you can do to fix a no-conflict scene with basic tips on scene structure that can makeover…

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