The Writer’s Toolbox

Read our blog posts for plenty of writing tips and tricks you can use today!

  • Horror Writing…Or…How to Scare Your Readers To “Death”

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    Edgar Allan Poe. Stephen King. Anne Rice. H.P. Lovecraft. Bram Stoker. Mary Shelley. These are all names that most of us know from the spooky and scary stories they write. They are the masters of the horror fiction genre, thrilling their fans with stories of the unnatural, the gruesome and grotesque, and the shocking. They […]

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  • The Conundrum That Is “Show Don’t Tell”

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    “Show don’t tell.” It can be the bane of fiction writers everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are new to writing fiction or a seasoned veteran, it is one of those writing rules we all try to follow without compromising our creativity and writing style. But are there instances in your story when it is […]

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  • The Sidekick: Your Hero’s Voice of Reason

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    Dick Grayson. Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson. Scooby-Doo. Samwise Gamgee. Wong. Jimmy Olsen. They all have one thing in common: they are the sidekicks, the voice of reason to their respective hero…or vigilante in Dick Grayson’s case. These are the close friends of our favorite fictional characters. It is their job to help the main […]

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  • Writing Sprints: Kick Start Your Writing Habit

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    What are writing sprints? A writing sprint is a timed burst of focused writing. You don’t worry about editing until the buzzer goes off and you concentrate on getting your words onto paper or the computer screen. It is a great way to develop a writing habit, allowing you to write more in less time. […]

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  • Creating Mood and Tone in Your Writing

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    Mood. Tone. What’s the difference and why is so important in your writing? Read on to learn how to use mood and tone to evoke an emotional response from your readers. I was going through the questions on a Quora forum that I contribute to and came across one about mood and tone. The question […]

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  • How To Write A Novel: One Author’s Perspective

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    As a published author I have had many people ask me, “How do you write a novel?” They are fascinated with the concept behind putting creative words to paper and spinning a yarn that will be remembered for years to come. While you can read up on how to write a novel in a variety […]

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  • Writing The Villain: Understanding Your Antagonist

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    Villain. Anti-hero. Mischief-maker. Miscreant. Antagonist. Most stories have one. Some of them are subtle antagonists, such as Crispin Yates’ father in my most recent novel, The Loch. Others are true villains in every sense of the word. Evil. Determined to undermine your hero at every turn. The Daleks to Doctor Who. Darth Vader to Luke […]

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  • 7 Steps To Writing A Great Blog Post

    You’re sitting at your computer ready to write your first blog post. You suddenly just drew a blank and have no idea what to write. It happens to all writers and bloggers at some point in their life. Writing a great blog post isn’t as hard as it seems. All you really need to write […]

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  • 7 Tips On How To Avoid Bias In Your Writing

    In today’s high-voltage world of journalism, blogging, article writing, and “fake news,” it is important to make sure your content is bias-free. Here are seven tips on how to avoid bias in your writing. Avoiding bias in your writing, especially journalistic or academic forms of writing, is important. It shows your readers you are sensitive […]

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  • Primary Sources And How To Use Them

    Understanding what primary sources are and how to use them in your content is important for any writer. Check out this informative infographic to learn more. Here is a great article from the Amercian Library Association, Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating and Using.

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