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Proving Your Protagonist Has What It Takes

photo adapted / Horia Varlan Many writers of contemporary fiction start their stories with their protagonist in a fairly low place, barely tolerating his existence. It’s a modern-day, first-world setup: without trees to chop and a cabin to build and fields to plant, our hero-to-be is disillusioned in some way, …

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High Drama and Heroism

I’m no hero.  Not the kind who faces physical danger, anyway.  I don’t risk my life on a regular basis, unless you consider flying across the country in a commercial jetliner, seated in Business First, to be risking one’s life.  (If you do, hey.  I’m doing just that as I …

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Writing Through the Rough Parts

We are so pleased to introduce you to WU’s newest contributor, a master wordsmith and bestselling novelist, Marisa de los Santos! This also marks release day for Marisa’s latest novel, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky. Learn more about Marisa on her bio page, and through her exquisite essay. Enjoy!  “Writing …

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The Art of the Author Interview

image by CannedTuna Author interviews are very much on my mind these days from two perspectives: as the interviewer and as the interviewee. As the interviewee, I’m talking a lot these days about my novel GIRL IN DISGUISE, coming out in paperback Tuesday, March 6. A paperback launch doesn’t involve …

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Writing and the Internet

“No Internet” by Flickr user Marcelo Graciolli Today, I’m thinking about the internet. I’ve been without access to the internet for a couple of days. At the time of writing this post, I’m not even sure I’ll be able to upload it, or contact anyone to let them know if …

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Great Last Lines in Fiction

In my last Writer Unboxed post, I wrote about great first lines in fiction. Today I want to jump forward to the opposite end of a novel, and great last lines. Last lines are important not only because they are the final words a reader will see in a book, …

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Imagining Your Ideal Reader

Who is your favorite writer? The one you’d most like to sit down with, have a cup of coffee and talk about writing?  What would you tell them about the time you read the book you love the most?  How old were you? How did it transform you? Why do …

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