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The Author’s Law of Momentum

March 14, 2019

Newton’s Second Law loosely says that the rate of change of momentum is directly proportional to the forces applied in the direction of those forces. Have you ever had someone toss you a watermelon? The big ones are tough to catch because they can slip out of your hands due to momentum. The watermelon wants […]

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Small Arms Primer for Authors

February 28, 2019

Many genres provide arsenals full of of handguns to their characters to use as they stumble through the complex plot their writers have invented. From the trusty Western six-shooter to Han “I Shot First” Solo’s blaster, guns are an integral tool of the trade. When a writer has no first-hand knowledge of how to use […]

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Red Herrings

February 23, 2019

Red Herrings and Other Fishy Thoughts In literature, a red herring is an informal fallacy that typically uses extraneous or irrelevant information to mislead the audience. It’s used to give an astute reader several challenges during the telling of the tale. In other words, they’re purposeful lies the author employs to mislead the folks who […]

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STORY: The Owl by Guy Anthony De Marco

February 21, 2019

  The Owl by Guy Anthony De Marco Something moves close by when you think you’re alone. Looking up from a tattered copy of Writers Digest from 1989, you see an owl. Normally this would be a minor thrill if you were out camping or watching a drive-in movie, but the owl is in your […]

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Review: Alita: Battle Angel by Richard Fox

February 19, 2019

Battle Angel Alita by Richard Fox *Warning. Light Spoilers* I did not grow up a fan of the manga or the anime source material, so had a clean slate of expectations when I went in to see the movie. That James Cameron worked on the script was a good sign, as he has some sort […]

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Review: Rise of Empire by Blake Arthur Peel

February 14, 2019

“Rise of Empire” is the second omnibus volume of Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations. It continues the story of Royce and Hadrian as they search for the long-lost Heir of Novron, and expands upon the first volume by adding a long list of interesting new characters. It is a rollicking epic fantasy story that follows […]

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Worldbuilding Tools

February 12, 2019

Science fiction and fantasy rely heavily on placing the reader in a world that envelopes them like a warm blanket. That blanket might be a comforting hug from Hermione or the backblast of covering fire from a Gauss gun. It’s the responsibility of the author to craft a world that follows its own rules and […]

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Brain Food for Writers

February 7, 2019

  If your brain is working overtime because of a hectic writing schedule and your creativity is starting to wear thin, consider what you’re eating and drinking. What you ingest has a remarkable influence on creativity, stress handling, and overall brain function. Here are a dozen things to consider when you’re trying to get your […]

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AuthorCentral is Not Limited to the United States

February 5, 2019

Amazon’s AuthorCentral websites allow readers to see a dedicated page focusing on a particular writer. It’s an easy way for Amazon customers, particularly those with Kindle readers, to find more about an author. The recently re-designed pages now include a sliding window featuring books registered to an author. The images are larger, allowing the viewer to […]

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MacGuffins, McGuffins, Maguffins

February 4, 2019

Quoted from Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”… JULES You win. Jules raises his hand off the briefcase. It’s all yours, Ringo. PUMPKIN Open it. Jules flips the locks and opens the case, revealing it to Pumpkin but not to us. The same light SHINES from the case. Pumpkin’s expression goes to amazement. Honey Bunny, across the room, can’t […]

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