Author Archives: MDWiselka

Setting Mood Through Description

Every writer has his or her particular strength. Fantasy writer A. Merritt’s was his descriptive powers, which he employed to great effect in each and every one of his amazing stories. In The Face in the Abyss (1931), he describes … Continue reading

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A Book of Blots, or Bad News is Good News

After God alone knows how many hours, your book is at last on the shelf (virtual or literal) and you are anxiously awaiting your much-deserved praise. Then someone crushes you with a bad review and you want to curl up … Continue reading

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Money, It’s a Plot

Though it seems that readers can’t get enough of billionaire hotties and dukes with money to squander, your book doesn’t have to have a hero with a big wallet. A lack of money might even prove an interesting plot point, … Continue reading

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Nature, Study, Practice

By nature, you may be a writer, but don’t forget the other two essentials of your trade. Study: Read a wide range of books, not just those in your genre. Any good cook knows that the perfect recipe is one … Continue reading

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Build-a-Character

Well, November is almost at an end. Have you finished your novel? If you’re still smoothing out the rough patches on your characters (hopefully the next generation of Harry Potters), here are few tools to help you: A – C … Continue reading

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Let Us Be Graphic and Die

We all know that the “N” word is a no-no, but did you know the “E” word is equally offensive? “E” being, Eskimo. I must admit I didn’t, until I caught a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, … Continue reading

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Warped Characters vs. Evil Ones

Will your story’s villain learn the error of his or her ways or will he or she remain unrepentant to the end? This can be determined largely by how much impact his or her reformation will have on the main … Continue reading

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Trigger Characters

Your hero or heroine has a fatal flaw. Maybe it’s an overdrawn estimate of his or her personal charms, a predilection to impulse shopping, or a short fuse. Sooner or later (preferably sooner), this flaw is going to lead to … Continue reading

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Getting Readers to Care About Backstory

Ideally, your story should be set ENTIRELY in the present, because what’s happening now is always infinitely more interesting than what happened yesterday, last week, two years ago, or even in infancy. But there are times when backstory is useful. … Continue reading

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What Be These Animals?

I recently finished reading a science fiction novel called Dwellers in the Mirage, written by A. Merritt and published in book form for the first time in 1932. Like many “classic” novels, it hasn’t aged well. The main character, Leif … Continue reading

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