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Why You Should Not Write a Novel for NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo is Coming! NaNoWriMo is an event that keeps getting larger and more popular each and every year. And it's no wonder. There's something romantic and wonderful about writing a novel. Most of the times I've told people that I've written novels, the conversation inevitably turns toward how they have an

Interview with Novelist and Screenwriter Mike Donald

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Mike Donald is a UK-based novelist and screenwriter. His current novel, Louisiana Blood, started out as a multiple award-winning screenplay that earned him some great attention in the Hollywood scene. Mike adapted the screenplay into a novel, and Louisiana Blood was published late last year. The novel is an incredible and thrilling mystery involving

Interview with Phil Rood, “That Illustrator Guy”

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Phil Rood is someone you should know. He is an illustrator out of Florida, and his work is marvelous. He is a master of body language, and each individual illustration of his tells a story. In my adventures as a writer, I've stumbled across uncountable talented people. Phil Rood's talents left

Interview with Peter Ryan, Author of Sync City

It's rare to be able to get excited for a new book to come out when it's from a first-time author. Peter Ryan is an exception. His novel, Sync City, is a powerful, hard-hitting sci-fi romp through a dystopian future, and I have been patiently waiting for this book through

Interview with Author Michael Gaudet

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Michael Gaudet is not your typical author. When Mr. Gaudet approached me to talk about his book, I was immediately intrigued. He is a unique author to me, as he is someone who has suffered kidney disease for most of his life, to the point of requiring organ donation. Mr. Gaudet

Adapting Books to the Screen (And Vice Versa) by Liz Kerin

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“Adapting Books to the Screen (and vice versa)” by Liz Kerin “To be honest, I liked the book a lot better.” Adapting books to the screen is always tricky business.  When we read, we’re given the freedom to imagine something that fits perfectly into our preferred worldview. Violence is as visceral as we

Pixar Wants to Teach You the Art of Storytelling

Writers need positive support. The internet is brimming over with writing advice. Unfortunately, the vast majority of it is negative. Instead of building writers up, the advice tends to send "you can't ever do this if you're a writer" messages. It's disheartening, because we are all writers. We are all storytellers.

Why Finding Your Audience is One of the Most Important Things You Can Do As A Writer

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As a writer, you need an audience. Are you lacking confidence in your art? If so, chances are you are lacking the support of an audience. I know that hard work and patience have been driven into the ground as far as advice goes, but what is your plan if you aren't going to

Five Great Reasons to Outline Before You Write

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Avoid "Permanent Writer's Block" One of the most difficult tasks concerning writing any piece of considerable length is staying organized. The typical long-form story has multiple characters and story arcs to keep track of at all times. When I ask people why they give up on their story before they finish

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