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What is With All the Pillows?
What on earth is going on in this photo writing prompt? Where are these people? What’s with all the pillows?

When to Use the Cliffhanger Ending
Many new writers believe that they should write cliffhanger endings to each book in a projected series. They see it as stimulating the readers’ curiosity and providing incentive to buy the next book. But readers may see this technique as extremely manipulative.

Where to Find Beta Readers For Your Fiction
A writer needs beta readers. Where do you find them? First, you want to find beta readers within the genre for which you write. Look among readers, writers, and reviewers in your genre.

Who is the Man With the Intense Eyes?
Does the man in this photograph have intense eyes or what? What kind of character do you think of when you see him? Do you find an entire backstory for him unfolding in your mind based on what he looks like?

Why Are These Women Arguing?
What do you see in this photo? Two women, right? One younger and one older. But obviously they are feeling some strong negative emotions.

Why Readers Hate the Generic City
The “Generic City” is a much-hated writing mistake that results when writers are too lazy, rushed, or intimidated to fill in an actual setting for their fiction. So they keep the setting vague and unnamed to avoid spending much time on it.

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?

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

Worst Three Fiction Blurb Mistakes
Blurb writing is similar to writing poetry in that you must be very succinct and make each word count. As with everything, you get better with practice. Here are three common mistakes to avoid as you attempt to improve your blurbs.

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