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Writing Dialogue: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

I love good dialogue. Descriptive prose is important, but sometimes you can evoke the power of a hundred words in a single line of well-placed dialogue. As an author, you...

How to Write a Synopsis by Angela Clarke
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Angela Clarke is The Sunday Times bestselling author of the Social Media Murder Series, including Follow Me, Watch Me, and Trust Me. Angela has produced an extensive collection of Writing Tips video tutorials on many...

Using Weather and Storms: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Given the passing of Storm Ophelia, I thought it would be appropriate to take some time to look at the use of weather in fiction. Weather can be an inscrutable...

Getting – and Giving – the Most at Events: Really Useful Links...
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

October is generally regarded as the start of the convention season. Summer is well over, schools and colleges are back in swing, and various groups and societies are looking to...

20 Tips for Self-Published Authors by the Secret Bookseller
Posted by Secret Bookseller in , .

You’ve written a book. Congratulations, I mean it, and that’s coming from someone who: is completely incapable of writing a book and counts eating a whole tube of Pringles in one...

Writing Neurodiverse Characters: Really Useful Links Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

I’ve previously written about including mentally-ill characters, and so I thought it would also be a good idea to feature an area that can often be confused with mental illness....

Writing Hackers: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It’s been a long time since movies like Hackers and Swordfish thrust the notion of the all-powerful cyber-wizard into the minds of audiences. And yet, the image remains a romantic...

Writing Dystopian Fiction: Really Useful Links Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Looking at the news these days, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were reading fiction. The latest near-future disaster story, or cautionary tale. It’s no wonder that dystopian fiction continues...

Writing with Kids: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Being a parent brings with it a lot of challenges. And I should know: we’ve got twins who’ve started school this week, and a younger child who’ll be joining them...

Writing Medical Scenes: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Hospitals, injuries, and medical emergencies are common throughout multiple genres of fiction, and it’s easy to see why. When a character is hurt or sick, this creates instant tension and...