5 Key Questions To Ask About Character Motivations

Creating compelling characters is perhaps the most important aspect of fiction writing. Previously, we’ve explored the processes of crafting believable characters,…

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Judge Yourself Less, Trust Yourself More, and Write Better Stories – Helping Writers Become Authors


There’s a dark side to creativity—one we don’t always like to talk about. And that dark side can be encapsulated in two words: writing perfectionism.

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Writer’s Edit – 6 Top Tips For Dealing With Criticism Of Your Writing

As a writer, you’ll hear feedback about your work in many different contexts. Notes from your editor; comments from beta readers or writing group buddies; reviews from readers… There are so many avenues for responses to your writing – and not all of those responses are going to be positive.

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Mad and Dead: Monstrous Women, Transgressive Sexuality, and Postmodern Paranoia

I have a couple of posts coming up that talk about different aspects of my trip to Transylvania for the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival (IVFAF). For now, please to enjoy the PowerPoint of the paper I presented for the academic conference. I’ll be submitting the full paper for publication.

Mad and Dead

5 Must-Try Writing Techniques For Fiction Authors – Writer’s Edit

We’ve put together an easy-to-follow round-up of different writing techniques you might like to try out in the search for that perfect routine. Click here to learn more!

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StokerCon 2018 Schedule

If you’re headed to StokerCon 2018 this weekend, you can catch me a couple of times on Friday, March 2. First, at the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, presenting my paper “The Dark Heart of Human Nature: The Necessity of Extreme Horror” on Panel 1: Gender Studies / 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Then, as part of the panel for A (Haunted) House with Many Rooms—Horror Sub-Genres (Moderator: Tim Waggoner; Co-Panelists: Don D’Auria, Frazer Lee, Donald Sidney-Fryer, Paul Tremblay) at 5:00 PM in State Suite A.

I’ll be wandering around in between, so if you see me, say hello!

How To Find And Fix Plot Holes In Your Novel – Writer’s Edit

Plot holes. We all know what they are: inconsistencies or gaps that defy logic in stories. And we all know they’re entirely undesirable when it comes to writing a good novel. Plot holes diminish the plausibility of a story and can have a huge effect on the way that story is viewed by readers. Your novel may be wonderfully written with great characters and an engaging plot – but leave one plot hole in there and, sadly, all your hard work may be undone. So how can you tell if your story has plot holes? And if it does, how can you go about filling them in? Let’s dive into a step-by-step process for finding and fixing plot holes in your novel.

How to find plot holes

The first thing you need to do is to determine whether your…

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