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The Death of Ye Olden Bookstores & the Author Identity Crisis

While authors do love bookstores, we’re not in the bookstore business. We existed long before bookstores arrived and we’ll be here long after they vanish.

Barnes & Noble SOLD: Goliath has Fallen & What This Means for Writers

Now that a hedge fund has acquired Barnes and Noble (and its debt), this is a seriously tenuous time. They wouldn’t be the first giant beheaded by the PE (Private Equity) sword. Writers? Remain vigilant.

Game of Thrones: A Song of ‘I Literally Can’t Even’

Anger is the emotion we experience when our reality fails to meet our expectations. The greater the distance, the hotter the rage. Ironically, what HBO did right in the beginning is directly responsible for why so many GoT fans are seeing red.

Flawed Characters vs. “Too Dumb to Live”: What Makes the Difference?

Which is more important? Plot or character? To write great fiction, we need both. Plot and characters work together. One arc drives the other much like one cog serves to turn another, thus generating momentum in the overall engine we call “STORY.” Writers have a unique challenge. On one hand we need a rock solid …

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Bad People Make Better Stories: Crafting the Perfect ‘Unlikable’ Character

Bad people make better stories. Why? Because I cannot say this enough, ‘Fiction is about one thing and one thing only—PROBLEMS.’ Who better to create a lot of problems than damaged, broken, unlikable, foolish and possibly even unredeemable human beings? ***I use the term ‘human beings’ for all characters because aliens, otherworldly beings, and any …

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