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Perks of Being a Villain by Maureen L. Bonatch

Posted by mbonatch at Oct 15, 2015 1:17 am in , , ,

A bad hair day is every day Hop out of bed, and out the door because that’s just the way villains roll. Wild and unruly locks accompany the villain job description.  If the good guy has that long tendril of hair obscuring one of his eyes, the heroine is suspicious of him until he proves […]

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How to Write Succinctly and Keep the Attention of your Reader

Posted by Guest at Apr 16, 2015 1:37 am in , , , ,

or, Beware the Info Dump, My Child By Elizabeth MS Flynn w/a Eilis Flynn Say you’re starting work on your latest story. You’ve just done a ton of research on it to get all the details right, down to the button detail of the outer ridge of your heroine’s boot, a distinctive triangular pattern as a post-modern […]

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Getting Ideas to Build Your World by Karina Fabian

Posted by Guest at Nov 24, 2014 1:00 am in , , ,

Last month, I talked about  putting your STAMP ON your world. As a refresher, STAMP ON covers seven aspects to consider when worldbuilding: Social Technological Animal Kingdom Military Political Origin Story Natural Knowing what you need to consider is only half the work, maybe even less. How do you generate ideas, keep track of details, […]

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Designing A Magic System for your Fantasy World by Janet Tait

Posted by Guest at Nov 20, 2014 12:46 am in , , ,

From the magical vintners of Laurie Anne Gilman’s Vineart War series to the ring-based magic of Middle Earth, authors have designed many fascinating ways to cast a spell. Today I am going to talk about how to create your own take on magic for your fantasy world, one that works to both enhance your storytelling […]

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Separating my Vampires From the Masses by Brooklyn Ann

Posted by Guest at Nov 19, 2014 12:27 am in , , ,

With the popularity and variety of vampire stories out there, it was crucial for me to develop my own unique mythos to differentiate them from the rest. As I developed my vampires’ characters and world-building for my historical paranormal “Scandals With Bite” series and my Urban Fantasy “Brides of Prophecy” series, I focused on their […]

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Pantser or Plotter … or Somewhere In Between?

Posted by Guest at Sep 11, 2014 1:09 am in , , , , , , ,

  I’m often asked whether I’m a pantser or a plotter when it comes to writing.  I’m neither … and both.   When I began my writing career, I tried to be a plotter.  I’d start my novels with pages and pages of beautifully outlined plot points and scenes. But once I got past the first […]

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You Know It When You Read It 

Posted by Guest at Jul 3, 2014 1:07 am in , , , ,

Hi, everyone—thank you for having me here! So I’ve noticed a difference in how some Urban Fantasies are being marketed. Have you ever seen a book spine that identifies a story as Urban Fantasy Romance? Even though I’ve read more than a few UFRomances, I’m still hard pressed to identify what sets them apart from a […]

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It’s the Characters… by Shannon Donnelly

Posted by Guest at Jun 26, 2014 1:03 am in , , ,

The alpha hero who suddenly goes all mushy…the heroine who’s supposed to be kick-ass but she keeps needing to be saved by that alpha hero…the bad guy who seems to want the heroine just because and who knows why he’s really all that bad… What do all these characters have in common? The poor characters […]

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What Do You Really Know About Ghosts? Take This Quiz And Find Out!

Posted by Guest at Jun 23, 2014 1:03 am in , , , ,

By Eilis Flynn and Jacquie Rogers Everyone’s got a personal ghost story, whether they’re believers or not. It’s something that can’t be explained, something that no matter how much rationalization goes into it, remains a bit—off, somehow, sending shivers down your spine. And it’s not just a few people here and there, either. Every culture […]

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Life, the Biggest Excuse We Give Ourselves When We Stop Working Toward Our Goals

Posted by Guest at Jun 19, 2014 1:35 am in , , , , ,

by MM Pollard, editor, Black Velvet Seductions and   the MM in Workshops with MM   Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Maybe a better question is, Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions? We all have the best intentions on January 1st with our new resolutions. If you are like most people, though, you’re […]

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