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7 Tips to Using Flashbacks and Not Lose the Audience

Flashbacks are popular.  They’re also misused all the time because people think they can be dropped in whenever they want.  It’s like having a smooth ride and then throwing a cardboard box in the way.  Sure, you might run it … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Writing Hot/Sunny Day Battles

We’ve had rain and snow, so now let’s go to their opposite.  A sunny day that might be really hot.  You’d think the risks and issues with this day are minimal.  It’s basically the standard fighting weather when you don’t … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Writing a Snow Battle

On the surface, a battle in the snow isn’t different from one in the rain.  Yet, there is enough of a difference to force a change of focus.  Let’s get right into the tips and you’ll see what I mean. … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Battling in the Rain

I’m going to do three ‘7 Tips’ posts this week.  Each one is going to touch on a specific weather pattern and how it influences battles in fiction.  Many authors go for one of these three, but they don’t always … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Using Power Ups in Fiction

We do tend to think more about video games than books when it comes to temporary Power Ups.  Yet, they are around with much less fanfare.  You don’t have to hit a block with your head to get them out.  … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Writing the Pursued POV

This topic is a little shaky.  At least, trying from the Pursuer POV was tough.  The reason is because you see the opposite more often.  A chase tends to happen when the protagonist needs to escape.  So, readers will be … Continue reading

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Some Tips to Having Music Play While You Work

I was rather surprised years ago when people asked me how I can listen to music while I write.  They assumed it was a distraction or hurt my progress.  Yet, I’ve always done it and never suffered.  Other things got … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Using Magic Tricks in Fantasy Fiction

When you think of magic in fiction, you tend to think of fireballs, flight, and all of the flashy spells used in fantasy.  Not surprising since these are the spells that people want to see in these stories.  Yet, there … Continue reading

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#2 Post of 2021: 7 Tips to Balancing the Humor and the Heavy

(Post originally published on April 5, 2021.  Still in the colder part of that year.) I like to included humor in my stories.  Yet, I don’t want them to be seen as comedies.  I like to touch on heavy topics … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Writing Chase Scenes

While a staple of action movies, the chase scene isn’t as easy to pull off when it comes to books.  They depend a lot on visuals to create the right amount of suspense and tension, which means word choice is … Continue reading

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