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Recipe For Success
Barbara
Venkataraman

You've brainstormed an original plot, created memorable characters and sprinkled intrigue, romance, and humor through your story like it was a delicious ice cream sundae, but if you want a truly delectable confection, you should follow this recipe for success: Step 1.

Formulaic? You Bet!
Marc
Sanderson

If you’re a reader of Romance novels, you’ve probably heard the complaint that Romances are just too formulaic. They follow too strict a pattern: boy meets girl; girl and boy are attracted; boy and girl face obstacles; girl and boy get each other in the end and live—wait for it—happily ever after. Okay, I won’t argue there isn’t a formula, but I will argue with complaining about it.

Confession: There was a time when I had an attitude about self-published authors. For years, I assumed these writers self-published their books because they’d been rejected by all the traditional publishers. I assumed their books weren’t any good—at least not good enough. But, we all know what they say about those who assume, right?Flashback to October 2013.

Bringing The Page To Life
Barbara Gaskell
Denvil

As an author who loves to create atmosphere in my books, it has always interested me to know when readers think there is too much description. That is a subject important to bothreaders and authors. Many readers proclaim their dislike of too much, and many authors find it difficult to discover the perfect balance. I love to include description in my historical and fantasy books.

The Punisher. Deadpool. Roland Deschain. Dexter Morgan. Severus Snape. Elric of Melnibone. John Wick. Michael Corleone. John McClane. Tyler Durden
Judging by the actions of these characters, they certainly can't be called "heroes". Dexter Morgan is a serial killer killer. The Punisher hunts and murders criminals. John Wick has the highest body count of any movie character.

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