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Thief’s Blade, by C. Greenwood (7:06)

Today we see that sometimes the problem is not with the prose: it’s with the heading used to label it.

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The first-page idiot test

Click image to view. Jefferson dives into the psychology of reading page one, and why understanding that is so crucial to your writing career. Plus he introduces a fun new…

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Amber Fang, Book 2: Betrayal, by Arthur Slade (40:00)

Today we see that playing to your protagonist’s strengths can inspire an engaging start. What I gleaned about the story: Vampires are awesome in the cold. And a smart-assed AI…

Kicking Immersion Up To Eleven

You’ve provably heard me say that immersion happens naturally, all you have to do is get out of the way. And sure, immersion can only survive for as long as…

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The Sacred Realm of Sandtree

The kingdom being protected by Deneigh and its sister fortresses. Merrik, Tam and Kern do not live in an isolated bubble. The boys of Brotherhood of Delinquents live in a run-down…

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