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What is a Flashback?
A fictional flashback is an advanced writing technique that transitions from a present-day scene to a scene set in the past. It is as if the reader has gone back in time to experience an event through the eyes of a younger version of the viewpoint character.

What is a New Western
A New Western shares the same setting and themes as a Classic Western, but is likely to be more introspective, downbeat, anti-heroic, and morally ambiguous.

What is an Antihero?
What is an antihero and why do fiction readers love him? From Satan in Paradise Lost to Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry, the antihero walks the line between good and evil. He or she is a fascinating, unpredictable character.

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.

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!

What is Improbable Simultaneous Action?
Improbable simultaneous action happens when we writers describe our characters doing two or more actions that no one realistically could, or would want, to do at the same time.

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 Point of View in Fiction?
Point of view (or viewpoint) refers to how your character conveys your story. The perspective that you choose affects how much information you can offer the readers and how emotionally engaging you can make your story.

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.

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