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    How to Write a Horror Story, Writing Horror

    If you want to learn how to chill the blood and raise goose bumps with a great horror story, then look no further. You’ll find methods for creating fearsome fiction and terrifying tales. Create monsters and psychos that will scare readers to death.

    How to “Up the Stakes” for Your Main Character

    Don’t be afraid to make things hard on your characters. You should always come up with several different problems to choose from. Here are 3 ways to do that.

    by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
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    9 Must-Follow Manuscript Rules

    Here’s editor Anica Mrose Rissi’s list of what you can do to increase your book’s chances of making it out of the slush pile and into the spotlight.

    by Anica Mrose Rissi
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    How to Write Intriguing Male and Female Characters

    Understanding gender differences can improve your writing in any genre. Here’s how.

    by Leigh Anne Jasheway

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    Quick Tip: How to Develop Your Characters

    Here are 4 quick exercises to make sure your characters speak to readers (and agents).
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    The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels

    All stories contain four elements that can determine structure: milieu, idea, character and event. Here’s a look at each one and how each will affect your novel.

    by Orson Scott Card
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    5 Steps to a Great Female Protagonist

    According to bestselling authors JT Ellison, Alex Kava and Erica Spindler, there are 5 key ways to make your heroine shine. Here they are.

    by Jessica Strawser, reporting from ThrillerFest 2010 (New York City)
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    Motivate Your Characters Like a Pro

    In his session “The Psychology of Character Motivation,” Edgar-nominated author D.P. Lyle, MD, shared this invaluable exercise for developing your characters’ motivations as your story unfolds.

    by Jessica Strawser, reporting from ThrillerFest 2010 (New York City)
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    How to Give Your Character the Perfect Name

    What you call your characters could influence your readers’ perceptions of them. Here are some factors to consider in finding the perfect match.

    by Devyani Borade
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    Stephen King’s 3 Steps to Create Suspense

    Analysis reveals there are three steps that Stephen King invariably employs to create suspense. Learn what they are and how to apply them to your work.

    by William Cane
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    From Idea to Page in 4 Simple Steps

    Nothing is more exciting than the promise of a story in your head, but in order to get it on the page you need to figure out exactly what you need to do to make it work. Here are 4 steps to help you build the framework of your story.

    by N.M. Kelby
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    Take Your Novel to the Finish Line

    You need stamina to transform that out-of-shape first draft into a story with staying power. Use these 4 revision strategies to make your novel go the distance.

    by Lin Enger
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    179 Ways to Save a Novel

    Matters of vital concern to fiction writers.
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    Rescuing Your Story From Cliche

    In this excerpt from 179 Ways to Save a Novel, author Peter Selgin discusses ways to defeat the writer’s sworn enemy: the cliche.  Read more

    How to Make Your Novel a Page Turner

    Never underestimate the power of suspense—in any genre. Use these surefire techniques to make your  book one readers won’t be able to put down.

    by Elizabeth Sims

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    Audrey Niffenegger Explains How To Create a Good Story

    How do you follow up a smash hit like The Time Traveler’s Wife? For artist and author Audrey Niffenegger, it all comes down to embracing the freedom to create—on your own terms.

    by Jessica Strawser

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    Publishing 101: What You Need to Know

    Here’s your step-by-step guide to the publishing process–how it works, why you need to know and how you can play an influential role in your book’s success.

    by Jerry D. Simmons
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    Anne Tyler’s Tips on Writing Strong (yet Flawed) Characters

    With a body of work spanning five decades, a Pulitzer Prize and membership in the Academy of Arts and Letters, Anne Tyler is a testament to the best kind of longevity—and the purity of the written word.

    by Jessica Strawser
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    The 7 Biggest Myths of Publishing (Know the Truth)

    A veteran author tells you, writer to writer, what getting published is really like—and confronts the seven biggest myths.

    by Elizabeth Sims

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    How to Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character

    Creating characters’ backstories before you start writing is crucial because you’ll want to determine each one’s past experiences and the repercussions these experiences will have on your story before you begin. Here’s a close look at the different ways you can introduce backstory.

    by Rachel Ballon
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    Creating Characters: 4 Simple Exercises

    Here are 4 simple exercises to help you invent characters for your fiction.

    by Nancy Kress
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    How to Build a Marketing Platform

    Here are 10 simple steps that will take your visibility from zero to standout in a short time, while also giving you ample opportunities to flex your expertise, carve out your niche topic and connect with your audience.

    by Christina Katz

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    A Writer’s Guide to Social Networking

    Find out how hopping on the social networking bandwagon can actually help you stand out to agents, editors and potential readers.

    by the Writer’s Digest staff
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    11 Plot Pitfalls – And How to Rescue Your Story From Them

    We’ve all been there: basking in the glow of a finished manuscript, only to read it over and realize something is wrong with the plot. Finding ourselves unable to identify the problem only makes matters worse. But take heart! Here are some common plot gaffes and sensible ways to revise without starting over.

    by Laura Whitcomb

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    5 Easy Tips to Strengthen Your Scenes

    Here are some simple techniques for revising scenes so your edifice will stand the test of time.

    by James Scott Bell

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    Michael Crichton’s Top 5 Writing Lessons

    Karen Dionne, author of Freezing Point, reveals what her late hero, Michael Crichton, taught her about crafting solid fiction.

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