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Setting the Scene, Part 1

Part 1: Seven Tips by Emilee Newman Bowles Your plot and characters are vital parts of your story, but they need a place to inhabit: the setting. Even fast-paced action novels need setting details so readers can imagine where the characters are. Here a few tips to keep in mind about setting the scene in your…

Top Three Short Story Mistakes

by Kristin Ammerman Bestselling authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jeff Wheeler, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, and others write novels as well as short stories. There are several reasons why novelists also write short stories. Sense of accomplishment: Writing something shorter that can be accomplished in a month rather than a year (or…

Avoiding Narrator Intrusion

by Emilee Newman Bowles Hello, “dear reader” As a young English Lit  student, I laughed to myself when a story addressed the reader like this. It used to be common to tell the “dear reader” the moral of the story. These days it’s passé. Even if you know you should avoid speaking directly to the…

Organizations That Help Writers

Just a short post today with some resources you may find helpful in your search for critique partners, advice from writers further along the career path, or people who might review your book when it’s published. Writing organizations are a great way to network, find out about writing conferences, get feedback from others familiar with…