3 (In-Depth) Tips for Writing Fresh and Authentic Characters

There’s nothing worse for a reader than a stale, predictable character. Here, award-winning author S. K. Ali shares her top 3 tips for ensuring an engaging cast. S. K. ALIJ JUN 2, 2021 Shelves in bookstores are crowded. New books are birthed into the world only to find themselves jostling to be seen by readers. Pick …

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Idioms vs Clichés

What’s an Idiom? Broadly speaking, an idiom is a widely used phrase that, when taken as a whole, has a particular meaning that you would not be able to deduce from the meanings of the individual words. The ubiquitous greeting “How are you doing today?” is an example of an idiom. Normally, how means “in what manner” …

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THE DARKNESS   CHAPTER 1 Thunder slammed, and lightning broke the sky. Edward Olson glanced at the flash that lit up the closed wood blinds. Without a word, he sighed. He wasn’t in the mood to dump a body by the river. Not in the pouring rain. But the urge to strangle Cynthia Langford wouldn’t …


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