Do spies really carry laser pens and drive Aston Martins with machine gun headlights? It’s “Spy Week” at Career Authors and our own Brian Andrews talks 5 tropes and truths about the spy business.Read More
Just how much can a novelist make up? Incorporating history into her latest novel meant bestselling author Carol Goodman had to figure out how much of her new plot needed to be real.Read More
Music to write by? Fantasy writer Stormy McDonald shares how her music playlist has become a crucial part of her writing process.Read More
The key to pulling off an epic twist is three-fold: (1) understanding exactly what kind of twist you’re trying to pull off, (2) properly controlling the flow of critical information to the reader, (3) not disappointing the reader by failing to deliver the goods.Read More
Bestselling writer Marty Wingate offers reader-pleasing tips on creativity and continuity for ambitious novelists writing a book series.Read More
What better way to amp up your novel than an international/ foreign setting, where literally everything is different from a reader’s daily, humdrum life? Damyanti Biswas has five quick tips to make them work.Read More
In a novel, of any genre, the engine is the character’s decision making. Our job as authors is to understand why they do what they do–and allow it to reveal who they are. Hank Phillippi Ryan has some reasons you might use for a character’s motivation.Read More
Writing a “cyber-thriller”–or even a thriller that simply uses technology–has pitfalls and cliches. But career authors can avoid them if they know what to watch for.
Reece Hirsch offers five cutting-edge lessons on writing effective cyber thrillers.