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Taking a Knife to Your Heart: What It Really Means to Kill Off a Character by Melissa Jarvis

I remember the first time I threw a book across the room.  My favorite author, Anne McCaffrey, had just killed off the MasterHarper of Pern.  I commiserated with my best friend, and we both cried for days.  How could Anne do that to me? And then another author did the same thing.  Charlaine Harris killed …
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Why Include Erotic Scenes In Your Fiction? by Eve Summers

You can’t blame it on Fifty Shades Of Grey because explicit sex scenes are far from new to the fiction world. Think Marquis de Sade’s book or Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Back in the 1980s, Shirley Conran shot up to fame with blow-by-blow accounts of sexual encounters in her bestseller Lace, Jackie Collins did it with …
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Sexual Tension, Without Any…You Know… Sex by Alice Gaines

(Note: Because I’m a romance author, I’ll use the standard romance terms – hero and heroine (h/h). Your sexual tension may not occur between two protagonists. Also, I don’t mean to imply that romance or sexual attraction are restricted to members of the opposite sexes.) Because I write romance, all my stories include physical intimacy …
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Why Your Character Needs a Secret Identity by Lynn Johnston

Secret identities—they’re not just for superheroes anymore. The secret identities we’re familiar with from comic books represent extreme contrasts of personality.  Wonder Woman conceals her wild Amazon powers in the buttoned-up persona of Diana Prince.  Batman shrouds his vigilante anger in the glib playboy personality of Bruce Wayne.  Superman hides his alien invincibility behind the …