Articles by Kathy Edens

Kathy Edens is a blogger, a ghost writer, and content master who loves writing about anything and everything. Check out her book The Novel-Writing Training Plan: 17 Steps to Get Your Ideas in Shape for the Marathon of Writing or contact her at www.kathy-edens.com.

The Best Ever Mystery Novels

by Kathy Edens Jun 18, 2018

The Best Ever Mystery Novels

Mystery. Suspense. Who doesn’t love a good brain twister, especially when you don’t find out until the end whodunnit? There are some big names on the list, but others might surprise you. Is your favourite yarn in there?

Let’s take a look at the best 25 mysteries ever written.

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The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers

by Kathy Edens Jun 06, 2018

The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers NOTE: After getting a ton of amazing feedback from users, we updated this page for 2018.Check it out here: Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers - updated for 2018

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What’s the Difference Between the House Style and Combo Check in ProWritingAid?

by Kathy Edens May 09, 2018

What’s the Difference Between the House Style and Combo Check in ProWritingAid?

ProWritingAid has customizable reports that help you find any manner of technical or stylistic gaffes in your work. Besides the 25+ reports that help you polish your work, you can use the House Style or the Combo Check. But what’s the difference between these two?

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Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

by Kathy Edens May 08, 2018

Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

Not all characters are created equal. We teach you the techniques you need to grab your readers by the emotional coat-tails with these three character types.

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Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

by Kathy Edens Apr 18, 2018

Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

Back in 2017, we listed our favorite Facebook groups and tons of readers wrote in sharing amazing groups that hadn't made the cut. So, for 2018, we're adding more great Facebook groups to our list.

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How to Get Clients When You Don't Have a Portfolio

by Kathy Edens Apr 06, 2018

How to Get Clients When You Don't Have a Portfolio

Many new writers get stuck in a vicious loop: they can't get new clients because they don't have a portfolio and they don't have a portfolio because they can't get clients. Here are four ways to get clients when you don't have a lot of experience.

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How to Make Life's Hard Decisions

by Kathy Edens Apr 02, 2018

How to Make Life's Hard Decisions

How do you make life's hardest decisions? These five questions will help you make tough choices.

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The Best Horror Novels of All Time

by Kathy Edens Apr 02, 2018

The Best Horror Novels of All Time

This April, we're sharing 30 horror stories everyone should devour. See which tales set readers' spines tingling, followed by our own top picks.

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How Not to Write a Sales Letter

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

How Not to Write a Sales Letter

Sales letters are excellent tools for companies to generate leads. Whether you’re strictly online only or a brick-and-mortar business, both snail mail sales letters and emails can drum up hot leads that you can convert into sales. But—and this is big—only if you get it right.

Copywriters and content marketers should hone their sales letter skills. At some point, a client may ask you to write a bona fide sales letter, prospecting email, or a landing page. They all need certain elements to convert.

There are plenty of "experts" out there who spout off how best to write a sales letter. Let’s focus on what not to do when writing your sales letter so you can avoid these common pitfalls.

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Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

Let’s take a look at the four types of stories that Orson Scott Card says comprises every novel. He uses the acronym "MICE", which stands for milieu, idea, character, event.

Within this framework, Card argues something deeply contoversial: not all novels require in-depth characterization.

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Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

Imagine a kindly, bespectacled woman with fresh, minty breath hovering over your shoulder as you pour words out on the screen. Her critical task is to help you make every word choice the best and to guide you to clearer, more concise sentences. She has your literary best interests at heart.

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Using Adverbs: An Easy Guide

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Using Adverbs: An Easy Guide

Here’s the truth about adverbs. They aren’t inherently good or bad: it’s all in how you use them. Let’s unpack when you should—and shouldn’t—use adverbs.

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Why You Should Learn to Tell a Good Story

by Kathy Edens Mar 12, 2018

Why You Should Learn to Tell a Good Story

Stories have been with us since the beginning of time. Before the written word, if you wanted to pass information to the next generation, you told a story. The same is true today. We’re all storytellers.

Storytelling is a skill anyone can learn and it’s one you need for both speaking and writing. Here’s how to hone your skills and captivate others’ attention.

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How to Create Your Best Writer’s Life

by Kathy Edens Mar 12, 2018

How to Create Your Best Writer’s Life

Writing is a business like any other. You’re creating a product you hope customers will buy and fall in love with. That way, you can continue creating new products people want. Regardless if you’re a fiction writer or a copywriter, you run your own business. And you must approach it like a business if you want to be successful.

Fiction writers who understand the publishing industry and what readers want will thrive. Copywriters who can engage and compel readers to act will succeed. Both must become master marketers to promote their business and make money.

Here are the building blocks of a solid business that will help you create your best writer’s life.

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How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist Like Gone Girl

by Kathy Edens Mar 12, 2018

How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist Like Gone Girl

As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? Maybe the kind that result in big movie deals…

Wait. If your writing is a means to an end, it’s doubtful your plot twist will make the big bang needed to get on the big screen. Because you can’t force a plot twist; readers will smell it a mile away.

Do it authentically and you’ll create a feverish tension that keeps readers turning the pages to see how this new twist will play out next. Or you’ll end on a final piece of information that changes everything, resonating with readers long after the last page. Here’s how it works.

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Have You Considered Syndicating Your Blogs?

by Kathy Edens Mar 06, 2018

Have You Considered Syndicating Your Blogs?

Syndication is giving other parties on the internet permission to post a copy of your already-published content, in part or in whole, on their website. You’ll get an attribution back to the original content on your website. But what does this trade-off mean, and is syndicating your blog posts worth it?

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Writing Characters: Digging Beyond Life

by Kathy Edens Mar 05, 2018

Writing Characters: Digging Beyond Life

Start with a real-life person—yourself. Plumb all your deep, dark places and put yourself in the shoes of your main character. You are a well of inspiration. Make this your jumping-off point to create truly believable characters.

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Writing App Reviews: the Outlining Your Novel Workbook

by Kathy Edens Feb 18, 2018

Writing App Reviews: the Outlining Your Novel Workbook

Whether you are a planner or a pants-er, if you haven’t checked out the Outline Your Novel program, you’re missing out. I spent hours with this software and have never felt a more powerful urge to create.

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Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

The Writer’s Life is fantastic, isn’t it? Nothing better than setting your own hours, working when you want, and taking time off when you need it. It’s all bliss, rainbows, and unicorns.

Not that I want to shatter your illusions, but there are five good reasons why I’m not writing this from the beach. Here's the truth about freelance writing and vacations.

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"-isms": How to Cover a Controversial Topic with Sensitivity

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

"-isms": How to Cover a Controversial Topic with Sensitivity

Race, politics, gender, religion, money, sexual orientation… are they taboo subjects to avoid? If you’re like me, conflict avoidance is your modus operandi; smile brightly and move on. At some point, however, you may need to write about a controversial topic—so how can you do it with sensitivity?

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