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The Mind-Blowing Many Worlds Interpretation
The many-worlds interpretation is a physics concept with a specific application to quantum mechanics, but it can also stimulate the fiction writer’s imagination.

What is Fair Use in Writing?
All new writers need to know about copyright law and Fair Use or they may end up in serious legal trouble for copyright infringement.

Describe an Awkward First Date
Take the following text writing prompt: Describe AN awkward first date. Notice how it does not say, “Describe YOUR most awkward first date.” The secret to a successful text prompt is to make the wording a bit loose and open-ended so you are not limited to your own experiences

Big Man Little Man
This photo writing prompt might pique your creativity. The somewhat surrealistic photograph could inspire fiction from many different genres, especially horror or science-fiction.

Why Use Text Writing Prompts?
Text writing prompts are better than picture writing prompts at conveying complex situations with precision.

Why Use Picture Writing Prompts?
Picture writing prompts are better than text writing prompts at bypassing your analytical mind with an image and eliciting a strong emotional response that makes you want to write.

Why Use a Pen Name?
A pen name, also known as a pseudonym, is an author name that you choose to attach to your writing. Why would authors want to publish their work under anything other than their real names?

Advantages to Self-Publishing
I have published fiction through traditional royalties-paying publishers, and I have self-published fiction and nonfiction with the Amazon.com Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. Both experiences have been good overall while having their pros and cons.

What is Insta-Love?
Insta-love, which is a mocking term for instant love, is a pitfall that happens in romance writing. New authors think, “What could be more romantic than love at first sight?” And they literally write characters that become united on a soul-deep level soon after meeting each other.

What is Head Hopping?
Head hopping is what the readers call it when the author jerks the perspective back and forth between two or more character viewpoints within a short span of text. Beware. Readers hate it!

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