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A Special Kind of Crazy

A Special Kind of Crazy

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Young Adult authors, Gail Wagner, Amanda Strong, and DelSheree Gladden give listeners a glimpse of why being a writer takes a special kind of crazy.

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Not everyone loves romance in their fiction, but those who do want the kind of romance they can't tear themselves away from. Sometimes that's ALL readers want in a story. So how do you create a romance that doesn't disappoint?... more

After you've spent hours upon hours trying to make your characters real, how do you then turn around and kill them off? Sometimes, you shouldn't. Other times, it just has to happen. If you don't, readers will know you took the easy way out.... more

Characters are what pull you into a story. Whether they're strong, brave, questionable, evil, cheeky, or overly serious, getting to know the characters of a story brings it to life. Today we're talking about our favorites heroines from... more

There are plenty of myths and misinformation surrounding copyrights. Some of the most common myths people believe can be very detrimental when it comes right down to it. It's important to know the facts about copyright to protect your work.... more

Ever read a book and the character stuck you as just abou the most unrealistic person on the planet? Nobody likes characters who are too good, too evil, too sweet, too chaste, too ignorant or oblivious, or just plain too perfect. Not only are... more

Whether you're new to working with an editor, still working up to that stage, or buy your editor lunch on a regular basis, these are some great tips to help you and your editor get along better. Every editor will have their particular pet... more

Anne Murphy Paul of TIME magazine discussed the benefits of "deep reading," the kind of reading where you feel full from the experience, connection, and richness that comes from "digesting another soul." Avid readers do a lot of deep... more

Writing an action scene should be easy, right? Throw a few punches, maybe a kick or two, add in some blood, and you're done! Not quite. Recreating your favorite movie fight scenes might not be as appealing to readers as you might... more

Who likes bad dialog? Absolutely nobody. Trust me. Unless you are intentionally trying to make your characters sound stiff and unnatural (which there might be some reason for that), no reader wants to slog through stilted, awkward... more

How many writing rules are there? Too many to count. Do you have to follow them all, every time, in every situation? If you try to, you'll make yourself go crazy. The important thing about writing rules is knowing why the exist. When... more

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