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Creative Writing Lessons


  • Character Motivation: Why Characters Act
  • Creating Characters, Part I
  • Creating Characters, Part II
  • Writing Characters: How to Use Daily Rituals to Strengthen Characterization
  • Internet Resources for Creating Fictional Characters


  • Write Mind Movies


  • Punctuate Dialogue Correctly
  • Writing Dialogue with Tension

    Flashback and Foreshadowing

  • Flashback: Using it Effectively
  • How to Use Literary Foreshadowing


  • How a Strong Story Premise Sets You up for Success
  • Plot Your Stories
  • How to Plot a Novel
  • Plot Outline with What If? and Why?
  • Story Action: Make Something Happen!
  • Novel Plots: Answering the Plea

    Point of View

  • Point of View


  • Write Great Settings


  • Scene Questions Hold Reader Interest
  • Scenes and Sequels: Essential Building Blocks
  • Scene Length
  • Scene Action-Reaction Chart


  • Participles:Bothersome Verbs to Avoid
  • Avoiding Passive Verbs
  • Tight Writing Gets Published
  • Transitional Words and Phrases in Fiction: 4 Writing Tips

    General Advice

  • Tips for Writing a Novel

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    Writing Degrees

    Self Publishing Ebooks: Six Tips for Self Publishing Online

    Book Writing Tips for Career Writers

    How to Publish a Book

    Creative Writing Process

    Self Publishing Ebooks: Six Tips for Self Publishing Online

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