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Using a Secret Love Affair to Increase Drama in Fiction

Most fiction readers separate into two camps. Some want or at least don’t mind love stories or sexual situations in the books that they reads. Others really don’t want sexual tension or issues in their stories. As a reader and … Continue reading

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Free Spooky Short Story for Halloween

Happy Summer Place by Tracy Falbe Copyright 2020 Mark felt the usual melancholy as he closed the family’s lake house for the season. The good times of summer were over for another year. The honking of migrating geese had replaced … Continue reading

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Writing Advice on When to Plan and When to Fly by the Seat of the Pants

Aspiring fiction writers who research how to write a novel will very quickly run into two main approaches to plotting a work of fiction. The first plotting technique takes a formal approach that involves planning and outlining. The second technique … Continue reading

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Using Story Within a Story to Tell a Character’s Back Story

The essential duty of a novelist is to determine how to reveal information in a way that develops characters and propels a narrative. As the author of many epics, I’ve made countless decisions about how to put a story into … Continue reading

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