Book Review: Hood Academy @ShelleyWilson72 — estherchiltonblog

I met the wonderful Shelley Wilson at The Bloggers Bash in London some years ago. She’s a writing mentor as well as the author of several self-help books and YA fiction. I recently read her YA novel, Hood Academy, described on the cover as ‘a gothic page turner’. And it certainly is! The blurb says: […]

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Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb @OrendaBooks @annecater #TeamLori #DeepDarkNight — mychestnutreadingtree

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of Deep Dark Night as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for my blog tour invite and my review copy of the book. The fourth book in the award-winning Lori Anderson series, Deep Dark Night sees daring bounty hunter and […]

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New Release – Lost In Time By Tish Thawer — Ch’kara SilverWolf

Reblogged from Tish Thawer This series is awesome and I highly recommend it. It’s live!!! My Legends of Havenwood Falls story, LOST IN TIME is available now. This novella features two of the three Howe sisters from my Witches of BlackBrook series, and answers some questions regarding their missing time mentioned in The Daughters of […]

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My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England #BlogTour — mychestnutreadingtree

Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England. Many thanks to Sabah at Avon for inviting me. About this book… On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump. As the shock hits their […]

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Building conflict – the dastardly life of a writer 😈 #amwriting #writerslife

G.L. Cromarty

I’m with Bugs Bunny every time. Well, maybe not necessarily the swift part, I’m okay with revenge of all kinds in a book.

And so should every writer be

Building conflict is a natural part of writing. Take every opportunity to drive a little more drama for our heroes and heroines. Explore every option to pile on the pressure, take away safety nets, and keep your readers guessing at motives and intent.

It isn’t always easy to provide surprises, but that doesn’t mean you have to make it easy for the reader. As the saying goes the first draft is you telling yourself the book. Once you know the way the story will play out, walk through again and generously sprinkle red-herrings, weave subterfuge, and turn up the heat.

Yes, we need the balance of the good, the empathetic, and the kind, but they will shine so much brighter if…

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