Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations

Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations

What are some of the best movie adaptations of all time? Here are our favorites.

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How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock

How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock

Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

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New Novelist? Plan Your 2019

New Novelist? Plan Your 2019

Starting a novel? Now is the time to set your course for the new year. Writing a novel is a lot of work, but the right mindset and action will get you there.

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Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

We scoured half a dozen sites to find the most-loved fictional worlds that showed up consistently in readers’ votes. Here are the top 10 greatest fictional worlds ever created.

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How to Construct a 3D Main Character

How to Construct a 3D Main Character

Improve your characterization skills with the tips in this post.

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An Author's Voice and How to Find It

An Author's Voice and How to Find It

Every writer has a "voice." It's a unique signature that combines the use of diction, punctuation, and syntax. Is this "voice" identical with writing style? How can a new writer cultivate his or her own unique voice? If you already have an author's voice, what can you do to polish it and take it to the next level? Read this article to find out!

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What are Compound Words?

What are Compound Words?

Do you know the true definition of a compound word? Find out in this post.

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3 Ways to Find a Writers' Group

3 Ways to Find a Writers' Group

Looking for a writers' group? Here's how to find the right fit for you.

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How to Write a Best-Selling Novel

How to Write a Best-Selling Novel

Want to write a bestselling novel? Check out these 11 tips.

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Write Without Adverbs

Write Without Adverbs

The correct use of adverbs can make your prose shine. Learn how to decide which adverbs to keep and which to eliminate.

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