Writer's Fun Zone by Beth Barany

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Creating Responsive Characters by Carol Malone

“What’s going on?” Nathan sat up, stretched. “What’s all the noise?” Hertzog snorted. “Your old lady’s out there and she’s pissed.” He smirked at his own funny, then turned to saunter out, whistling all the way back outside to the truck bay.

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Hook Readers with Specific Characterizations by Kay Keppler

According to story consultant Michael Hauge, your job as a storyteller is to create images. Your readers, viewers, or listeners want to picture who is doing what. To succeed at that, all the elements of your story need to be clear and vivid. However, some writers have trouble developing unique characters that jump off the page.

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The Blog Title Game Written by Cheryl Liquori

Over the years we’ve come across a lot of resources, and have collected a lot of tips and tricks on how to create a killer blog title, or headline. (Why do they always use the word ‘killer’? Isn’t there a word that’s equally impactful that doesn’t imply death and destruction?! It’s probably one of those “trigger words” I’ve come across. But that’s a topic for another blog post. End rant.)

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Character Fodder By Raina Schell

We pull our characters from a myriad of situations. Sometimes we stitch them together like Frankenstein’s monster – a little from one person, something else from another until a character emerges. Other times we combine two or three people we know really well, into one.

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34 Top Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2015 By Scott Lorenz – Westwind Communications

As a book publicist I am here to inform you that yes, they absolutely do matter! In fact, one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. This author, needless to say, was happy he decided to enter.

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Create Dialogue… From the Outside In by Jackie Blain

Who doesn’t have trouble with dialogue, at least some of the time? It seems like some writers are just born with an ear while the rest of us work hard to develop ours. It used to be that we could go to coffee shops and listen to/make notes about the conversations going on around us, but coffee shops have become the new study hall, and conversations happen via text.

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The Shape of the Story by Nevada McPherson

I wrote last time about the evolving process of creating my first two graphic novels, and how I plan to break this next one down even more into manageable bites that don’t feel so overwhelming. Now I’m considering breaking the story into three parts: a triptych as it were.