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Red Herrings: How to Mislead & Surprise Readers

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Regardless of the genre you’re writing in, there are probably some things you’ll want to keep hidden from your readers until the time is right to surprise them.

But in order to pull off a well-done surprise, you need to be sure to play fair with the reader from the start. That...

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How to Outline a Thriller Novel

Regardless of whether you fall in the “plotter” or “pantser” camp, having a solid understanding of story structure will help you write a story that works and satisfies fans of the genre.

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to write a well-structured...

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Narrative Drive: How to Write a Page Turning Novel

If you’re writing a book, I’m sure you’ve wondered how to write a story that grabs and keeps the reader’s interest from page one all the way to “The End”.

Because after all, every author wants to be read. Every author wants to hear that a reader loved their...

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Progressive Complications: How to Create Better Conflict in Your Story

In every story, your characters need to want something. They need to have a goal.

If you’re writing a murder mystery, that goal might be to figure out who the murderer is and put them in jail. If you’re writing an action story, that goal might be to survive an asteroid headed...

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The 6 Scenes Every Thriller Novel Needs

Thrillers are popular fiction for a reason. They combine the criminality and suspense of a good detective novel with the danger and pressure of a scary horror story. And while there’s no fool-proof way of writing a successful thriller, there are ways to ensure that your story is...

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The 10 Things Every Thriller Novel Needs

Thrillers are popular fiction for a reason. They combine the criminality and suspense of a good detective novel with the danger and pressure of a scary horror story. And while there’s no fool-proof way of writing a successful thriller, there are ways to ensure that your story is...

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How to Uncover the Theme of Your Story

In today’s post, we’re exploring all things theme-related. What is theme? How do I come up with a theme for my novel? How does knowing my story’s theme help me write my book?

 

 

 

But first, let’s talk about what theme is…

Theme is the overall...

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How to Outline a Romance Novel

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to write a well-structured romance novel using the Three Act Structure.

The first thing you’ll want to do when planning any novel is to decide upon a target word count. The average length of a romance novel is 80,000 words, so...

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How to Write Better Romantic Chemistry and Tension

If you’re writing a romance novel or a story with a romantic subplot, then you know that the romantic chemistry and tension between your two main characters can either make or break your story.

So, how do you create romantic chemistry between two characters in a way that’s authentic...

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10 Tips for Writing Better Love Triangles

Fans of romance appreciate a well-written love triangle. And it’s no secret that certain love triangles have shaped some of the most enjoyable stories in all of literature. They are wonderful plot devices and can have beautiful, moving results when done effectively.

So, how do you know if...

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