Question: What should a writer know about a story before beginning to write?

What should you know about a story before beginning to write? The answer depends on what kind of writer you are. Some writers prefer just a vague idea that grows over time as they write and dig deeper into the story and their characters. Others want or need an outline to keep them on track. …

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Question: What is your favorite trope in romantic fiction? Your least favorite?

What's my favorite trope and my least favorite? Guess what. I have some pretty strong feelings about romance as it’s written today. Okay, not just romance, I have a gripe with what I believe is the most common trope in fiction today and it just happens to also be found in romance. Let me explain..... …

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Question: How do fantasy authors come up with fictional cultures and customs?

How do authors design fictional cultures and customs? It’s called world building and it’s taught in classes, plus there are books on the subject. But possibly the best and most fun way to design a fictional universe is done when writers simply close their eyes and let their imagination soar. What kind of world should …

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A reader’s question: What are some tips on writing characters you want to spend time with?

How to create a character you’d like to spend time with? Easy! Create a character with the same characteristics as people you know that you enjoy spending time with. If you can’t come with anyone like that, then make that character into the kind of person you wish you knew and could spend time with. …

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