Movies and Television

We've all seen movies based on books:  The Harry Potter series is a spectacularly successful example, as is the film series from the Tolkien novels. Thinking about it recently, I…

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Novel ideas

Having trouble coming up with a story idea? Non-fiction writers have an advantage:  They write what they know, whether it be how to sew a quilt or how to survive…

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Tales Dark and Light

Terms like "Chick Lit" and "Romance" suggest light reading, though these genres include serious stories as well.  Other book categories automatically call up visions of brooding characters, bleak settings, and…

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Dialogue

One online guru I know has advised writers to avoid using a lot of dialogue in a book.  But being a person reliant on auditory as well as visual input,…

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