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How to Write the Perfect Ending

How to Write the Perfect Ending

I’ve often felt that your first chapter is what sells your novel, but the ending is what sells you as an author. I’m not saying a rollicking start isn’t important—as are characters, voice, plot, and theme—but a great ending is what will leave your reader satisfied, enthusiastic, and wanting more. It’s certainly not easy. Endings […]

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On Acting and Writing and Where the Two Meet

On Acting and Writing and Where the Two Meet

Robinne Lee is an actor, writer and producer. She has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds. Her recent credits include Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, playing Ros Bailey. Her debut novel The Idea Of You is out today! We asked […]

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What’s Food Doing in Your Fiction?

What’s Food Doing in Your Fiction?

I’m mildly obsessed with writing about food, both in memoir and in mystery, so I paid attention when a blogger recently complained about the preponderance of food scenes in fiction, warning authors to give those scenes tension and to make them advance the plot. It’s not bad advice, although I think it more important that authors […]

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What I’ve Learnt As A Writer

What I’ve Learnt As A Writer

I’ve just published my first novel—a romantic comedy called Mr. Right-Swipe (Grand Central Publishing). What I’ve learned in this process from new writer to published author probably isn’t all that groundbreaking; but I’ve been at this for a number of years—seven or eight of serious writing, to be exact—and I’ve come away with a lot […]

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Falling in Love with the Enemy

Falling in Love with the Enemy

After the end of the Second World War, my aunt married a German whom she had met before the war began. They were deeply in love but, for obvious reasons, the marriage sent shock waves through my family and no doubt through his. It must have taken all their determination and courage to weather the […]

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How To Deal With Non-Constructive Criticism

How To Deal With Non-Constructive Criticism

If you have been on the agent querying treadmill long enough to receive a request for a full manuscript, then you know the feeling: the simultaneous swell of pride and the utter fear of not measuring up. Your query letter worked, hooray! An actual expert from the publishing industry, with a slush pile as high […]

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Mothers & Daughters

Mothers & Daughters

I am very close with my mom, and always have been. There have, however, been bumps in the road of our relationship. One of the bumpiest was after my senior year of high school when she sent me, against my will, on a wilderness adventure. I’d been a solid B+ student throughout school, but halfway […]

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What Made Me Write About a Boy

What Made Me Write About a Boy

By Gail Godwin, author of Grief Cottage: A Novel The boy, the idea of the boy, had been with me a long time, but for years he was just “the boy.” It wasn’t until the early summer of 2014, the week of my seventy-seventh birthday, that I heard him thinking inside my mind. I was on […]

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Unleash Your Creative Flair With Blue

Unleash Your Creative Flair With Blue

Each of us has seven selves: self-preservation, self-gratification, self-definition, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-knowledge. Writers tend to focus on self-expression. Each self is associated with—and influenced by—a color. Every color has a different wavelength and individual properties, both positive and negative. Color is simply energy; energy made visible. As human beings, color is the only […]

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WE’RE SISTERS, and that explains everything…

WE’RE SISTERS, and that explains everything…

Your sister can be the first person you call with news whether it’s good or bad or…she can be the last. Of course, there are always sisters who fall somewhere in between. But wherever you and your sister end up on the scale of the sister bond, the reasons are often complex and multi-layered. After […]

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