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James Duckett
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I loved this blogger, its like she has direct access to Rowling for information or something.

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In writing, a try/fail cycle is the main character’s attempt to resolve the story’s problem. There are at least three try/fail cycles in every well-written story (of this structure). Often the main character will fail the first two cycles, but not always.…

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Guest Post by Jared Garrett Jared Garrett is a family man raising six kids with his best friend and wife of two decades. He’s been telling lies in story form since he was thirteen. Recently relocated from Utah to Seattle, he has worked in education and…

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Guest post by Frank Cole. Frank L. Cole lives with his wife and three children out west. When not writing books, Frank enjoys going to the movies and traveling. The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is Frank’s ninth published book and his second with…

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A few weeks ago I wrote a short story to submit for an anthology and, since I had a few weeks before the deadline, decided to let it sit for a while so I’d be more fresh with I came back to it. Well, it’s time to start editing it for submission, and I…

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Guest post by Holly Kelly. Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation–she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She signed with Clean Teen…

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It’s an interesting aspect of writing that people who likely despise conflict in their own lives create so much conflict in the lives of those we write about. It seems a bit bloodthirsty, really, but think about it. Only one person I’m aware of has ever…

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I’ve been talking about the writing techniques the Nolans used to really ramp up the Interstellar story and in particular, the audience’s emotional journey with it. Today’s post is all about taking the story’s stakes and costs to the max. I mean, totally…

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Guest Post by Misty Moncur Misty Moncur wanted to be Indiana Jones when she grew up. Instead, she became an author and has her adventures at home in her jammies with her imagination and pens that she keeps running dry. Misty writes clean romance for young…

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Ever since I resumed writing five years ago I’ve determined to never give up until a manuscript is finished. I’ve succeeded in that goal, too, even though it took finishing one twice and starting another twice. Once I started a novel I finished it. It was…
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