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Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Spouses and Partners

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

Fight, Flight, or Freeze: What’s Your Character’s Go-To Response?

Fight or flight. I think we’ve all heard the phrase. It refers to the way each person is hard-wired to react to real or perceived danger. Psychologists have recently added another option, giving us three ways we might respond to threats: we fight back, we flee, or we freeze up. This happens in life-or-death situations, but it also occurs on a...

Phenomenal First Pages

Hey, wonderful writerly people! It’s time for our monthly first-page critique contest This contest is closed. See you next month! If you’re working on a first page (in any genre except erotica) and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment. Any comment :). As long as the email address associated with your WordPress account/comment...

Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Forced Marriage

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

What’s Your Character’s Love Language? (And Why Does it Matter?)

By Alli Sinclair Creating characters can be an exciting time for writers, but it can also cause headaches if we don’t understand what motivates them or how they should react to certain situations and people. Aside from doing questionnaires and asking the right questions, there are other ways we can dig deep into our character’s psyche so we can...

Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Master and Apprentice

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

Changing Your Reader’s Perspective

As writers, we all know how difficult it can be to win readers over. The writing has to be strong, the events realistic, the characters well-rounded, etc. etc. We know the list of barriers to reader engagement, and there are ample resources to address the usual suspects.  But what if that barrier is a pivotal piece of the story itself? Maybe...

Street Team & Book Review Call for the Upcoming Conflict Thesaurus

Guys, a new book is on its way in just a few months (The Conflict Thesaurus) and so we thought we’d reach out a bit early to see who might be interested in joining our Street Team this year. This is the first volume in a two-volume set, as there are too many ingenious ways to push characters to their limits to fit in one book. Plus,...

A Dual Holiday Deal: 40% Off One Stop for Writers

On the 30th of June, I went for my second Covid shot, knowing full well I’d probably end up with some after affects the next day (as that’s what happened with my first shot). And, well, I wasn’t wrong. Instead of celebrating Canada Day, your pal Angela was holed up under a pile of blankets, not at all bothered by the sweltering heat for once because...

Procrastination vs. Real Writing Crisis: How to Tell the Difference

by Colleen M. Story You’re not writing. It’s been a few weeks now, and your regular writing routine has gone out the window. Are you struggling with a legitimate writing crisis, or are you just procrastinating? It’s not always easy to tell the difference. If you’re not writing and you’re not sure why, ask yourself these questions...

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