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Modest Proposals?

Like a lot of people, I’ve spent an approximate total of thirteen months of my life daydreaming about that perfect marriage proposal. Sometimes the fantasy involves firelight and chocolate, while other scenarios feature a stage, hot spotlights, and the din of five … Continue reading

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Giving Characters Unique Voices – Elle Hill

Imagine a scene in your book in which an inspector asks three different characters the same question: “Were you there last night?” As authors, our job is to make each character’s voice distinctive enough that adding “Jose said” or “Jae … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan– Lessons on story depth learned from a painting

Recently I was at a house, looking at a painting on the wall. It was a wooded scene with lots of trees, created to look like an autumn forest. What really caught my eye wasn’t the trees, but a tan … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan: Including details in your writing

Quick question: what are your hands doing right now? One answer is they are probably scrolling the mouse down the screen of this article. Yet what about your other hand, the one not needed for scrolling right now? What were … Continue reading

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LARYNGITIS!!!

Good morning soulies. What’s the first thing you think when you read the word above? Sickness? Sore throat? Loss of voice? In MOST cases you would be absolutely right. After all, laryngitis is inflammation of the voice box from overuse, … Continue reading

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One. Big. Step.

Okay so today I took a big step. At least for me it was a big step. Not as big as sending my very first manuscript into publishers in hopes of getting published of course. That step was not just … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name? – Elle Hill

The perfect literary germ plunks into your brain, infecting you with a new novel idea. You flesh it out: put a little meat on your main characters’ bones, add some conflict, maybe decide where all the action takes place. And then. … Continue reading

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