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Write Better Fights: 5 Tips for Better Action Scenes by Kate Ristau

Kiera collides with the wall, then falls to the ground. She slowly rises to her knees and grabs for the dagger. She twists it around in her hand, pulls back, and— Wait. Where’d she get that dagger? It’s not easy writing action scenes. From dialogue to dungeons to daggers, it can be hard to keep …
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Writing the Villain in Deadline by Scarlet Hawthorne

Devolution – The process by which an UNSUB begins to lose control, falling in a downward spiral, unable to control their urge to perform a particular offense brought about by the trauma of their offenses. The rapid movement from “Organized” to “Disorganized.”  — From the Criminal Minds glossary, criminalmindsfanwiki.com. I primarily wrote Deadline in a …
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Using Word Choice to Maximize Your Scene by Shelley Noble

Word choice can turn a boring sentence into a challenging statement, an adequate scene into an emotionally gripping one, a vague description into sharp clarity. It can also turn a descriptive paragraph into purple prose. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter—it’s the …