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The Quiet Alchemist

Apr 16, 2024

How to make your characters feel so real they could walk off the page and into your world.  Today we’re exploring whether consistency should be the holy grail of characterization or whether we should instead aim for writing characters that grow, change, and surprise the reader. We go through a writing exercise to...


Mar 26, 2024

How to make your first sentence sizzle and pop so the reader has to keep reading. Today we’re exploring exactly how to craft a winning first sentence that will pull a reader into your book and never let go. I learned most of what I’m sharing today from James Patterson himself, so buckle up, it’s going to be a...


Mar 5, 2024

How to create incredible poems using the power of refrains. Today we dive into exactly what makes refrains such a powerful tool in poetry and how to use them effectively in your writing. Two poetry prompts are also included to help you take this tool into your hands effectively. 

Today’s example poem is “She Had...


Feb 27, 2024

Is the trope of the tortured artist really helping our art? Or hindering it? For hundreds of years all over the globe, one concept has existed – artists must suffer greatly to make great art. Together we explore whether we really need pain, grief, or heartbreak to create the most amazing writing that we are capable...


Feb 20, 2024

How to master this unique and truncated form of writing: the monologue story. The monologue story is a seldom-seen form of writing, but it is worthwhile getting to know. Today we explore how to conquer this rare format in order to craft compelling and deliciously surprising monologue stories. 

Today’s example short...