L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Should you write a memoir, or write a novel “based on a true story”? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth. by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most of his adult life, the only place he felt at …

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Adapting a true story requires research, honesty, and sometimes, a little bending of the truth. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares tips on writing a screenplay based on a true story and the importance of finding the balance between fact and fiction. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman In theory, adapting a true story should be simple. The writer documents …

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Cris Freese The alpha male is currently very much in the ascendant in romantic fiction—all you need to do is look at the proliferation of finely honed abs on Amazon’s Contemporary Romance Best Seller list for proof. From E. L. James’ Christian Grey to J. R. Ward’s Blind King and Jodi Ellen Malpas’ Jesse Ward, …

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Alex Bloom, founder of the Script Reader Pro screenplay consultancy, explains how to bulletproof your story idea and logline using one simple template. Alex Bloom The number one reason why most story ideas, loglines (and consequently scripts) fail is simply because the stakes aren’t high enough. In other words, it’s not clear enough what the …

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Here are 75 grammar rules for writers to assist them with better writing skills. Each rule includes a quick breakdown and links to a post that goes into more detail with examples. This list will be updated with new rules as we add them to the site. Robert Lee Brewer via Writer’s Digest 75 Grammar …

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The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we’re starting this series to help identify them for other writers (along with strategies for avoiding the mistake). This week’s writing mistake writers make is oversimplifying your characters. Moriah Richard Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s okay because each mistake is a great …

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The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week’s writing mistake writers make is lacking conflict. Moriah Richard Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s okay because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer’s …

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How do you keep your readers reading? We have put together 10 cliffhangers you can use in your writing to get readers to turn the page. by Amanda Patterson via Writer’s Write Have you read a book you feel compelled to carry on reading? You know the kind of book I’m talking about – a gripping …

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Find 6 lessons for writers from Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn, that writers can apply to their own writing. If you haven’t read the novel yet, we do talk about the plot and reveal things about the story. So consider this your spoiler alert. Robert Lee Brewer There are some pieces of …

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Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that worked. Robert Lee Brewer via Writer’s Digest Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that …

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