Writing for Adults

A weekly look at ways to improve your craft and further your writing while writing for adult genres such as romance, mystery, thriller, horror, and adventure.
Five Steps to Reprinting Song Lyrics Without Getting Sued by Rita Reali Some years ago, an aspiring novelist told me his main character had a penchant for speaking in song lyrics. I found...
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A Self-Publishing Primer by Rita Reali You’ve done your outline, carefully completed extensive research, and fleshed out your protagonist, antagonist, and assorted minor characters. You’ve...
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Method to My Madness, Part 2 by Rita Reali Last week I touched on how I began writing fiction—and how my first two characters (Gary and Michaela) dropped in on me, unannounced, in freshman...
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The Method to My Madness—Sort Of  (Or How—and Why—I Do What I Do) by Rita Reali I often get asked about my process. How do you write your novels? Where do you begin? How do you keep going? And...
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Profile of a Successful Freelance Writer by Chaunie Brusie Today our guest blogger, Chaunie Brusie, is profiling successful freelance writer and mother of three, Mary Sauer. Mary has been...
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How to Break into Freelance Writing by Chaunie Brusie Not too long ago, I was burning with jealousy whenever I would come across a writer’s byline. “Why her?” I would think, “how did she...
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Creating a Writing Schedule That Works by Chaunie Brusie You sit down to your computer, the entire world literally at your fingertips, your hot cup of coffee next to you, determined to crank...
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How to write from home with kids By Chaunie Brusie I’m about to tell you something that may shock you, titillate you, maybe even horrify you, but it is my truth and I am willing to speak...
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Putting It All Together by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about voice, tone, and humor. We’ve also discussed viewpoint. But how do we make it all work seamlessly? And can you use the same tools...
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Whose Story is it Anyway… Viewpoint  by Andrea Collier When I start a story, I visualize myself in a room full of people. I pace the room. I look at the people and I try to guess the best...
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Interjecting Humor in Your Work by Andrea Collier Out of all the style tools we describe in this series on tone and voice, interjecting humor is probably the most difficult to pull off well. ...
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Finding the Right Tone for Your Story by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about “voice” now it is time to meet its twin sister, “tone.” If you are writing for publication, or for a specific...
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Training Your Writer’s Voice to Come Out to Play by Andrea Collier When I first started writing in earnest I would mimic the authors that I admired. I studied how they put words on the page. ...
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Why Wait? Six Ways to Gear Up for NaNoWriMo Now! by Rita Reali It’s coming! Are you ready? You’re probably asking, “What’s coming?” Why, National Novel Writing Month, of course. It rolls...
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Comma Long With Me and Celebrate Punctuation Day by Rita Reali It’s like they created a day just for folks like me, people who are (admittedly or not) obsessed with punctuation… proper...
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Two Celebrations That Go Hand in Hand: Authors Day and Stress Awareness Day by Rita Reali If you’re a writer, chances are you know a thing or three about stress. And that’s a good thing. No, ...
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September’s a Month for Literary Celebrations by Rita Reali This month we celebrate a hat trick of days of particular note: September 6th is Read A Book Day. September 7th is Buy A Book Day. ...
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Do All Novels Need To Be About Young People? by Jeff Vasishta A look at 7 recent successful novels where the main protagonists were Middle-Aged In writing courses you’ll hear professors...
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Pop culture - Why it's so important in fiction today and how to weave it into your writing (without dating your work) by Jeff Vasishta As a journalist I’m sent a lot of novels and choosing...
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by Jeff Vasishta Waiting for inspiration to strike could take a lifetime. Here are 7 ways to jumpstart your writing without having to wait around. Songwriters are known for using personal...
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by Jeff Vasishta A newspaper headline serves one purpose–to make you want to read the article beneath it. The opening sentence in a novel tries to do something similar. It should make you want to...
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By Mara Kim Amazon review, Verified Purchase

"This is another great read from [ICL]... When I saw this particular one, I grabbed it immediately ... This book is a great addition to a writer's (whether published or not) shelf ... I highly recommend their writing courses. You receive feedback on your work from published authors. You will be encouraged but also pushed to make your story from good to great."