Robert Wood

How To Write Compelling Conflict Without A Villain

It’s probably due to the nature of fairy tales that villains are often thought of as one of the key ingredients of a story. We learn from childhood that a good tale has a hero trying to resolve a situation despite the opposition of a villain. It makes for a great story, but as this

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Crime Stories
Bronwyn Hemus

How To Write A Crime Novel Worth Reading

What is it about crime stories? Even the authors who write them can’t agree, with some declaring it’s the satisfaction of confronting evil and others declaring it’s the vicarious thrill of participating in it. Either way, crime novels are popular. No matter what bookstore you enter, you’ll find a crime section. With so many novels

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how to write an action scene
Frances Reid Rowland

The 5 Immutable Laws Of Writing A Good Action Scene

Allow me to set the scene: you’re becoming deeply involved with a wonderfully gruesome crime novel, the writer has successfully created an intriguing plot, the characters are enigmatic and exciting and, four chapters in, they are galvanized into action. The pace is set to increase, the antagonist makes a dramatic entrance, our heroine realises she

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