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Body Language

Research shows that people convey thoughts, emotions, and feelings in three different ways: 7 percent verbal—what is said 38 percent...

Setting, Tone, and Mood

Establishing the setting, tone, and mood for your book is an essential element—without these things, the story will feel incomplete to...

Descriptive Writing

Descriptive writing is the craft of portraying people, places, events, situations, thoughts, and feelings in such a manner that readers...

Moving the Story Forward

Moving the story forward is arguably the most important and most difficult aspect of good novel-writing. If someone says, “I couldn’t put...

Conflict, Crisis, Drama, and Tension

Without conflict, crisis, drama, and tension, a story would be nothing but a string of boring facts—if every scene was peaceful,...

Show, Don't Tell

“Show, don’t tell” is often referred to as the golden rule of writing fiction and is arguably one of the most important rules for all new...

Active Versus Passive Voice

There are many ways to structure a sentence to convey the same information and still be grammatically correct. In this chapter, I talk...

Beginning, Middle, and Ending

When structuring a story, it’s helpful to think in terms of a beginning, middle, and end, with each part fulfilling a distinct purpose....

How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel

If you are a new or aspiring writer with a story inside of you aching to get out but don’t know where to start, you may want to read my...

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