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After revealing “Who Done It,” the most important piece of the puzzle in a good murder mystery is “Why Done It.” The Antagonist’s reason to commit murder and hide it must be creative, make sense and be ultimately satisfying to your reader. So, it got me thinking: What are some basic motives for murder? Here’s the list I started. Feel free to comment and add to the list. TEN MOTIVES FOR MURDER 1. To hide […]

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Kind of like Facebook for writers, Wattpad is a social media site where writers can post their work to receive feedback and constructive criticism. Just about everyone on the site has works in various stages of completion. And you and everyone on the site can vote (i.e. “like”) a person’s story. Stories range across the genres from romance to horror to mystery-suspense to humor. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the largest and most popular genre tends […]

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It’s frustrating and completely natural. Every writer doubts his or her story at some point. And I’m always worried that my story is boring. To me, that’s the worst thing that could happen. One thing I do when I start feeling that way is to put it down for at least a week and work on something else — either writing a different story, reading something written by someone else or even just taking a […]

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I think sometimes when I get writer’s block, it’s because I’m working from the left side of the brain. I’m either too worried about editing and word choice, or I haven’t left the office at the office. Try to take a jog or hit the treadmill for half an hour. Do something physical that takes you away from your desk and away from your laptop. Do something to get the blood flowing along with the […]

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