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Figuring Out the Fatal Flaw (And Why Your Character Needs One)

Some recent feedback on my current novel project suggested that my main character's fatal flaw was not obvious, making him weak and unsympathetic. I didn't understand so I did some research and found the perfect explanation. Continue...

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Finding Focus So You Can Stop Self-Sabotage

Do I need to become an internet marketer to be a successful writer? Even publishing companies are favoring those writers who have large online followings. Do I really have to become a successful internet marketer before I can become a successful writer? Continue...

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The Power of the Subplot (How Not to Write a Confusing Novel)

My biggest problem in outlining my novel so far has been an overabundance of ideas which have no structure. I think I know what my main plot is, but I also have several other plot lines and I can't figure out how they are going to fit together. Continue...

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Introversion is a Trait, Not a Weakness

We live in a culture that values extroversion over introversion. Many people, including introverts, believe that introversion is a weakness or impediment--like a club foot or an addiction. Continue...

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No Pain, No Pain (Reaching A Goal Doesn't Have to Hurt)

"No pain, no gain" is a popular cliche and cliches get past all of our filters. These little phrases are routinely accepted as truth because we've heard them so many times before. Cliches are insidious this way, like cockroaches and spiders sneaking beneath the walls of your home. Continue...

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