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Top Five Mistakes Writers Make When Writing a Cozy Mystery by Lori Devoti

Cozy mysteries tend to be shorter books with fun, light plots. They often feature kooky characters and hobbies such as knitting or collecting teapots. They frequently have sleuths who get themselves in unlikely situations and are, well, a cozy, comforting read with little to no cursing, on the page sex, or on the page violence. …
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Prime Stakes by Jacqui Lipton

Elements of a Plot If you’ve ever plotted out a novel, or taken a story structure class, you’re probably familiar with the idea of working forward from the protagonist’s goal. As I (and MANY others) have said: CHARACTER + DESIRE + OBSTACLES = PLOT. If you know what your character wants more than anything else …
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Celebrating Writers By Becky Martinez

Ah, the joy of telling a story. Too often writers think only of the creative writing process, but while the joy of being able to write a good fiction story, can be challenging, the joy of writing a non-fiction story can be just as rewarding. Too often we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what …
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Building the scaffolding for suspension of belief by Angela Knight

I love writing thoroughly weird stuff — vampires, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. The challenge is convincing the reader to go along on my magic carpet ride. Yet I don’t want to create the equivalent of a unicorn pooping rainbows — a story so unbelievable my reader can’t get into …