Writer's Fun Zone by Beth Barany

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Finding Reality in an Unreal World by Kay Keppler

I’m working on a story in which my protagonist is on an unpaid leave from the CIA. The story concerns an unlikely adventure she engages in during this off time, and the way she handles it helps her to decide if the CIA is the right career choice for her. In a beta read, a friend pointed out that my character could face serious consequences—even prison—merely for making a phone call that wasn’t over a secure channel.

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Get Out the Mop and Duster: It’s Time for a Spring Clean by Annmarie Miles

Spring has sprung! Well is has in my part of the world. J The daffodils are out, the days are a bit longer and summer’s coming. Traditionally this is a time when a lot of people do a clear out. It’s off to the Garden Centre or the DIY shop to spruce things up. For some it’s emptying out the cupboards and a splash of paint on a wall or two.

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The Persistent Character by Raina Schell

One day, maybe a year ago, I downloaded one such character. For the purpose of this blog I’ll name him Apollo, because that’s one persistent God, but the character could be anything or anyone. Apollo showed up one afternoon when I was quite literally doing something else entirely. In the spirit of full disclosure I was on Facebook and as often happens on Facebook I read something that annoyed me. But before I could process what I’d read Apollo was there, in my head and he was loud.

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Is your character’s motivation strong enough? by Carol Malone

“Trevor’s only wanted to raise her girls and fight for her community nursing program. She didn’t have time to be distracted by the hot fireman she burned years ago by refusing his marriage proposal. If she could just remind herself of her desires each day, it wouldn’t be so hard working closely with him to help his father recover from a stroke.” Take Harte a novel by Carol Malone.

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Doing Our Own Thing Together by Nevada McPherson

Things have been evolving as I work on my latest graphic novel, Queensgate. You may be able to tell if you’ve read my previous posts that I’m very hands-on when it comes to my work, as I’m sure are many of you folks out there! My graphic novels are so far based on my own screenplays; they’re completely hand-drawn, by me, and I’ve also experienced that extremely steep learning curve that comes from being self-published and having to market and promote one’s own work (though I understand that even if you’re not self-published that’s often the case).

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Must-Have iPhone Apps For Authors and Writers by Scott Lorenz

As a modern day writer, you’ve learned when and where you write best. Rarely, I’m sure, does inspiration strike when you’re seated at your desk in front of your computer at 9:00am. More likely, you’re inspired while you’re out and about. In order to efficiently capture and save every new idea, detail, story line, etc., you need to download some new apps to your iPhone. The list below will help you research, brainstorm, write, and even publish your work whether you’re at home, at the office, or in the middle of daily errands. Check em out.

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6 Steps to Marketing a Book: Check Out Your Map to Success by Jill Bennett

You can keep shouting these words, but if you’re talking to the wrong audience, you’re just wasting your efforts. Even if you lose your voice from shouting, nothing will come out of it. Yeah, that’s the truth about book marketing. The harsh reality that every self-publishing author has to face before they can sell copies of their work to the world.

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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.