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Writing Suspenseful Fiction: Reveal Answers Slowly

Award-winning author Jane K. Cleland explains how to implement the slow reveal to add suspense to your writing.
Do you have writing talent: a flowchart

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Successful Author?

At conferences, I'm often asked by writers if they "have what it takes" to be a successful writer. I usually interpret that question as: "Do I have talent?"
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If You Struggle With Plot, Here’s How to Think About It Differently

The notion of “plot” is a misconception that leads too many writers to get confused and focus on all the wrong things. Instead, writers should focus on using the plot-free concept of series. A series is the repetition and variation of a narrative element within a story, the process of improvement or deterioration which creates the narrative arc.
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

The Reader Must Want to Know What Happens Next

Today's post is excerpted from Wired for Story by Lisa Cron, just released from Ten Speed Press. We think in