Writer's Fun Zone by Beth Barany

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Graphic Novel By Nevada McPherson

I’ve been writing screenplays for several years and enjoy telling stories through visual images. After storyboarding my first short film script, Route of All Evil, I decided to start creating graphic novels based on my screenplays.

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Backstory: Leave It In The Past By Kay Keppler

You have a great story with wonderful characters who overcame grievous wounds—abused childhoods, broken marriages, or alcoholic parents. How do you handle the task of explaining these life-defining experiences? In prologue, dialogue, monologue, exposition, flashback?

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Writer Relocated by Annmarie Miles

I mentioned last month that I would share a bit of news with you. Well the news is that I am leaving Ireland to return to the UK, where my husband is from and where we spent the first few years of married life. It was a big decision but we know it is the right one for us. We’re quite excited about the potential of a new start and are eager to get going now the decision has been made.

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World Building for Novelists by Beth Barany

In August 2014, I was interviewed by progressive science fiction author, Michelle Murrain, on my views on world building in fantasy for the monthly Broad Universe podcasts. We discussed the philosophy of world-building for...

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Why In The World a Screenwriter Worries About Description by Jackie Blain

You’re probably wondering why in the world a screenwriter would worry about description. After all, don’t we just write dialogue and action? Well, no. Not entirely. We have to think in visuals, just like any creative writer does. But we have to pare down those visuals into a few words, to create tone and setting in a way that’s almost like poetry. And that means we really have to feel that setting. Get into our characters’ and story’s heads, if you will, so we can convey see their world through their emotions.

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After You Begin, Then What? By Kay Keppler

Lots of writers know how their book starts and how it ends. It’s writing the middle that’s so tricky. Some writers have no clue what happens. Some writers have so many ideas, they can’t cram them all in. Indecision can be paralyzing.

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“You Talkin’ To Me?” You Wanna Write Great Dialogue? By Carol Malone

“Dialogue should be active, develops characters and create moods in the scene,” Karl Igelsias said, screenwriter, script doctor and consultant, “Dialogue is the first thing a publisher will look for.” In other words, don’t fill up your book with page after page of narrative. Give your reader highly charged dialogue and they will thank you for it.