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In praise of thriller pacing

In praise of thriller pacing

John picked up the gun and checked the chamber—full, of course. Anna hadn’t had time to get a shot off. But what had happened? His head was whirling. He couldn’t make sense of anything. So he did the only thing he could do: he headed for the door at the...
Sometimes you can skip the worldbuilding

Sometimes you can skip the worldbuilding

There are three primary things that go into making a novel: character, setting, and plot. The prewriting process is where you design out all of those things before you begin putting words to paper. Authors are all over the map on how exactly they do this. Brandon...
Breaking the outline

Breaking the outline

Sometimes your characters say or do something you didn’t expect. Every writer falls into a spectrum between “architects” and “gardeners” (also called plotters and pantsers). On the left we have writers who thoroughly outline everything...
Writer’s block

Writer’s block

I just experienced, and conquered, my first “writer’s block.” Much has been written about the phenomenon, but I thought I could add my own experience and thoughts about it. Some writers will tell you that writer’s block doesn’t exist....