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Avoiding Lucky Heroes

Avoiding Lucky Heroes

Luck doesn’t come naturally to some people, especially in your novel.  The truth is, if the wrong people in your novel start getting lucky, people will stop trusting you…

Joy to the (Story) World: A Study In Happy Endings

Joy to the (Story) World: A Study In Happy Endings

Sure, we remember the bad times, but never very fondly. We prefer to let our memories dwell on joyful times, like Christmases long ago. Why? Because that warm cozy feeling…

8 Reasons to Write Whatever

8 Reasons to Write Whatever

I recently saw an article titled 8 stories YA agents and Publishers want right now. In all fairness to the author of said article, I was on the site in…

Killing Cliches Part 3: Harnessing the Beast?

Killing Cliches Part 3: Harnessing the Beast?

We’ve looked at how to kill clichés, and where to find ideas to replace them. Hopefully, by now, we know what dangers lurk in our own lazy imaginations…

Killing Cliches Part 2: Where to Find Original Ideas

Killing Cliches Part 2: Where to Find Original Ideas

Turns out, killing clichés, isn’t all that hard. But maybe clichés aren’t killing your novel. Maybe you’re so desperate for ideas, that you’re trying…

Killing Cliches: Part 1

Killing Cliches: Part 1

Writing isn’t all fun and games. We all know, it can be hard work. Sure, sometimes it really seems to flow and we hammer out pages and pages of…