Make Barbie Suffer…and other tips to add tension to your plot

Two of the best writing tips I ever got were from Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked during a workshop she gave many years ago at the Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds, WA. When we entered the classroom there was a basket covered with a cloth. "What's in the basket?" we all wondered for the first five minutes …

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Map your Characters

  Click Character_Map to download the PDF. Are you an aspiring author? One of the hardest things about writing a book is making your characters seem alive. By the 22nd revision of a manuscript, you should know your characters innermost thoughts. In your imagination, you can project their futures, and describe their pasts.  If Good Morning America interviewed …

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Make your first ten pages count

Many writers dream of becoming authors their whole life. When they complete their first manuscript the usual question is “Now what?” The traditional path to publication is arduous and involves query letters, agents, editors, and submissions. The self-publishing route can be even harder. But no matter which option a writer chooses, the first ten pages …

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