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By October 20, 2017

Authors see their novels transferred to film all the time. And authors find themselves pissed off with the flicks all the time. It happens, because it’s hard as hell to take an intricate, highly detailed story that may require up to 1,000 words to tell, and make turn that into a 90-120 minute movie. It’s


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By October 20, 2017

With half of 2017 in the rearview mirror, we’re giving out awards for the most intriguing movie happenings of the year. We’re still months away from next year’s Oscar rush, and we have plenty of summer blockbusters left to see. But that doesn’t mean that the first few months of 2017 have been an uneventful time


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By August 15, 2017

You’re home alone, the wind is howling, and a steady rain is beating down heavily against your window. You put on your most comfortable pair of pajamas, pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate, and prepare to cozy up on your couch with a fuzzy blanket. Now all you need is the perfect book to


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By August 15, 2017

Science fiction and fantasy are genres where almost anything can happen — as long as the author can make it seem plausible, and as long as it’s part of a good story. But that doesn’t mean there are no rules. If anything, the fact that these genres are so wide open mean that there are


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By July 20, 2017

As a writer, one of the hardest things to do is to find impactful ways of killing supporting characters, should your story call for it. While there are hundreds of ways to do this, there are some that can cause more trauma than others. Keep reading to see how the below ways can cause emotional


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By June 26, 2017

In the past, artists and art collectors tended to find each other by happenstance. Most artists only gained true fame years, sometimes decades after their death. Collectors had to fight tooth and nail and pay extreme prices for pieces because there were so few truly great artists or so they thought. There were others yearning


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By June 14, 2017

Is your home really ready for the zombie apocalypse? You might laugh at the concept, but the idea of a zombie apocalypse is actually incredibly useful for those who want to be prepared for anything. If you remove the supernatural from the equation, what you leave yourself with is a situation where law and order


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By May 30, 2017

The direct inspiration for curse the darkness was a song. My brother sent me a link to A Perfect Circle’s cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” some years back. I like the original well enough, but the cover really got my brain moving. I tend to see scenes and characters and stories when I hear music


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By May 30, 2017

Design Notes for Three Parts Dead Left to my own devices, I spend a lot of time alone. I’m a writer, so I write and read for fun—I sit in my living room, feet up, with a book, or pen and ink, or a laptop, and I work. I know the sounds of my apartment:


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By May 30, 2017

To keep the readers’ attention through the long midsection of your book, you’ll need to continually develop the conflict and advance the plot in logical steps without making the story predictable. What keeps readers turning pages is suspense, which you can create using a variety of techniques, including tension, pacing and foreshadowing. The suspense we’re


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