Category Archives: Writing

Guest Post: Story Ideas Are Like Autumn Winds

We finally have the joyous occasion of celebrating a long-awaited release: Haven Divided by Josh de Lioncourt! If you haven’t read Haven Lost and its short prequel Harmony’s Song, now is the time to grab them—they’re free starting today through August 3! Haven … Continue reading

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Magazines for Writers of Children and Teen Stories

If you write books for children and teens and you’d like to get an agent or be traditionally published, consider writing for children and teen magazines. Publishing houses and agents are more likely to consider your book if you’ve got … Continue reading

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~ The Importance of Rewriting ~

Fantasy author Amie Irene Winters is launching the final book in her Strange Luck series on Friday, September 22. A Darling Secret is an adventure full of unusual landscapes, new magic, and constant twists and turns. Pre-order here! In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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Killer Stories: Pick Your Poison

If you’re a crime writer, a mystery novelist, or you just need to bump off a character without violence or bloodshed, using poison might be your cup of tea…or maybe in their cup of tea. Sometimes writers think it’s easy … Continue reading

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Got Writer’s Block? 3 Outside-The-Box Ideas To Break Free

If you’ve ever had writer’s block – and what writer hasn’t? – you know how frustrating it is. You’ve got a story to tell, it’s banging on the walls of your brain trying to get out, but you just can’t … Continue reading

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The Dark New World of YA Neo-Noir Fiction Writing

Dark streets. Shadowy figures. Tough talk. A dead body. Have we just walked into a 1930s Humphrey Bogart film noir movie? No, we’re stepping into one of the hot new contemporary subgenres: YA neo-noir. Noir writing made a big comeback … Continue reading

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Adele’s Lesson To Writers – And Everyone Else

“I’m sorry. I can’t mess this up…” “I was devastated.” These are the now world-famous words of Grammy Award winner Adele, who showed the world that even in front of millions of people, it’s better to stop, start over and … Continue reading

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Fantasy Writers: 22 Magazines for Your Story Submissions

If you’re a fantasy writer looking to submit short stories to magazines, you know how time consuming and frustrating it can be searching online for the right fit, spending precious time clicking and clicking when you’d rather be writing and submitting. … Continue reading

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How To Destroy Action and Suspense Scenes

You’re reading an action scene; things are really getting hot. Who will live? Will someone die? Is there a chase that’s moving like lightning? You’re reading a suspense scene; it’s really intense. Will the protagonist be discovered? Will the escapee … Continue reading

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Better Safe Than Sued: Lyric Legalities

One of the most common issues we advise our clients about is the legality of using lyrics in their writing. Lyrics are extremely tempting to use in books because they set a tone, express a feeling, create atmosphere and convey … Continue reading

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