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Writing Fictional Fathers

Father characters can be some of the most compelling figures in literature. They often serve as pillars of strength, sources of wisdom, or, in some cases, complex figures with their own sets of flaws and struggles. Creating believable and memorable father characters requires a delicate balance of understanding their roles, motivations, and relationships within the story.

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Writing Intimate Scenes with Sensitivity

As writers, we often find ourselves tasked with portraying intimate and romantic scenes that are not only engaging but also respectful and realistic. These moments of vulnerability can be powerful tools for character development and plot advancement, but they also require careful handling to ensure they are portrayed sensitively and authentically. In this article, I’ll share guidelines for crafting intimate scenes that enhance character development while maintaining sensitivity and respect.

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The Art of Writing Epistolary Novels

As writers, we are continually seeking innovative ways to tell stories and engage readers. One such approach is the epistolary novel, a narrative told through letters, diary entries, emails, or other documents. Epistolary novels offer a unique storytelling format that allows for intimate character development, intricate plot twists, and immersive world-building. In this article, I’ll explore the art of writing epistolary novels, discussing the challenges and opportunities they present.

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Even Pro Writers Need Pro Editors

So, you’ve finished your book. You’ve edited it yourself. You’ve combed through every word at least ten times and it couldn’t be more perfect. Your genius has been perfectly captured in your writing, and you’re ready to hit “Publish” and let the world bask in the glory of your literary prowess. But wait! There’s a little voice in your head saying “Hold on a minute, hotshot. Even the best writers need an editor.”

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Author Mindset: Overcoming Self-Doubt

As an author, it’s not uncommon to feel like an imposter or doubt your abilities. The creative process can be a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows, and it’s easy to get stuck in a negative mindset. However, there are strategies you can use to overcome self-doubt and imposter syndrome, cultivate a positive author mindset, and become a more confident and productive writer.

Understanding Hybrid Book Publishing Contracts

A Writer’s Guide to Hybrid Book Publishing Contracts

In the vast world of literature, authors embark on a journey that commences with a blank page and culminates in a published book gracing shelves or illuminating screens. Along this intricate path, they encounter a plethora of choices, from sculpting characters to honing plots, from seeking representation to selecting the right publishing avenue. Each decision marks a pivotal moment, shaping the trajectory of their work and the terms under which it finds its audience.

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An Interview with Lucineh Danielian

Lucineh is the proud author of Lost Souls, published earlier this year. She is of British and French nationality and of Armenian descent. Lucineh has been an educator for nearly fifteen years and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Lucineh is passionate about music, literature and languages and fiercely believes in the power of writing. When putting pen to paper, Lucineh loves to fully embody her characters’ thoughts and feelings, giving them the authenticity that each one deserves. Through her writing and creativity, Lucineh hopes to inspire both readers and aspiring writers!

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An Interview with Ricardo Moran

Ricardo Moran’s writing has been published or is forthcoming in Beatific Magazine, Cider Press Review, Midwest Quarterly, Perceptions Magazine, East Jasmine Review, The Seattle Star, and Willa Cather Review. Ricardo is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild;serves on the board of San Diego Writers Ink;and works as a content writer. He currently lives in Albania, enjoys traveling, and learning how to say “good morning” in as many languages as possible.

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An Interview with Kathryn Jeanne

Kathryn Jeanne can usually be found somewhere by the beach. Whether she’s walking her dog, reading a book, or working on her next novel, she loves to be by the water. That is why she resides in sunny Santa Monica, California. Writing a novel was not in her original plans, but having read countless summer romance books she decided it was time to create her own. The more she wrote, the more she fell in love with the process and A Summer in Nixie came to life. Kathryn Jeanne doesn’t plan on stopping with just one book. She is already in the process of her second with more ideas on the way.

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An Interview with Janet Wilson

Janet is a multi-genre artist and design consultant. She’s a shining example of turning challenges into opportunities. Being creative to the core, her inspiration comes from nature and she’s following the urge within to dwell in the quiet stillness she has come to know. It is here that the words come—expressed through her writing, poetry, photography or art. She knows she is here to make a difference and help others get through the suffering and learn how to soar.

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An Interview with Kwan Kew Lai

Originally from Penang, Malaysia, I came to the United States on a full scholarship to attend Wellesley College. Without the scholarship, I would not have become a doctor. I was a Harvard Medical physician in the Boston area. In 2006 I left my position as a full-time professor of medicine dedicating part of my time to humanitarian work;in HIV/AIDS and aiding in disaster relief in various parts of the world, including the Ebola outbreak, the Syrian, Rohingya refugee crises, the war in Yemen, and the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and the Navajo Nation. I am a three-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. My work has appeared in peer-reviewed professional journals, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Infectious Society of America Science Speaks, MedPage Today, Balloon Literary Journal, Literally Stories, Vine Leave Press, Synapses, and others. I am the author of Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak, Into Africa, Out of Academia: A Doctor’s Memoir, and The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly.

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An Interview with Lahari Mahalanabish

Lahari Mahalanabish (Chatterji) is a writer and poet from Kolkata, India and currently based in Sydney. She is the author of the recently published short story collection Tales of the Anointed Skeletons and Love (Ukiyoto Publishing) and One Hundred Poems (Writers Workshop, 2007). Tales of the Anointed Skeletons and Love was nominated for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2023.

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An Interview with Vickram Bachan

I am from Toronto Canada, I love creative writing and have been writing for most of my life. I write poetry, short stories, children’s story book, and I have some novels in progress. I have won several prestigious awards and honour for my work in the education community.

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An Interview with M.J. Schwartz

M.J. Schwartz lives in Longmeadow, MA, with their wife, Jena, and bulldog, Chalupa Jane Schwartz, Esq. They are a graduate of Smith College, with a B.A. in psychology. Their essays have appeared in The Hong Kong Review and Ghost Girls. M.J. was the 2023 recipient of the Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize for Excellence in Nonfiction Writing, as well as the Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize for Excellence in Fiction Writing, through the English department at Smith College, and the 2024 recipient of the Tryon Prize in Writing through the Smith College Art Museum.

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An Interview with Kimberly Hockaday

Kimberly Hockaday is a poet and author from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and is the 2014 Distinguished Student Poet of Eastern North Carolina. She created a monthly poetry reading gathering called Poetry Reading Extravaganza in 2013 and has had her works published in newspapers and literary magazines.

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An Interview with Carmi Philander

As both a passionate reader and writer, I’m at my happiest when I’m not confined to the real world, either a novel or a pen clasped in my hands. I’m a fan of pretty much every fictional genre, from YA to poetry. At fourteen, I had published a children’s book of twenty-five short stories, yet I haven’t really received much recognition as an author—not on a significant scale, that is. I’m currently entering myself into as many writing competitions as possible, hoping to slide the spotlight onto my work, to inspire others to chase after their dreams no matter their circumstances. There’s nothing that would hurt me quite as badly as to witness others—especially the youth—wasting their time by daydreaming instead of doing what God intended them to do. I pray that I may reach success and that my generation would follow suit.

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An Interview with Jacob Mical

Jacob Mical is an author, reader, and avid Arsenal fan. My love affair with literature began, like so many others, by reading The Lord of the Rings. Storytelling is second nature to me and hearing others’ stories has always inspired my creative tendencies. My published work includes: The Death of Kale, Into the Ink, and Invia. If just one person feels the wonder and magic my favorite stories have inspired in me because of my work, then my literary journey will be worth every moment.