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Bet You Didn’t See This Lesson ComingWe see two very opposite characters constantly clash with one another, and we get to the point where we wonder who will die first, but hold on . . . they were actually one and the same person! After seven books of wondering, Dumbledore’s memories finally reveal: Snape is one of the good guys. All this time we have been led to believe that Luke and Darth Vader are tied only by hatred, but plot twist! Darth Vader is actually Luke’s father! These are just some of the most memorable and best-executed plot twists in both literature and movies. Plot twists are moments wherein the story takes an unexpected turn. As a writer, being able to create effec... Read more

Paula Hawkins may be a new name on the shelves, but with just two thrillers (so far) under her belt, she has proven that she is a writing force to be reckoned with. Born and raised in what is now Zimbabwe, Hawkins attended Arundel School before moving to London at age seventeen. There, she studied at Collingham College, Kensington, and Keble College at the University of Oxford. After graduation, she was a business journalist at The Times and worked as a freelance writer for various publications. Before getting into fiction, she published The Money Goddess, a financial advice book for women. Hawkins started writing fiction in 2009, under the pseudonym Amy Silver. She wrote four r... Read more

Author of the enduring Goosebumps series, R.L. Stine is the cause of many childhood nightmares. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Robert Lawrence Stine started writing at age nine upon stumbling on a typewriter in their attic. From there, he started creating stories and joke books. He continued to pursue writing, and in 1965, he graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in English. After graduating, he moved to New York to jump-start his writing career. He started Bananas, a humor magazine that was published by Scholastic Press from 1975 to 1984. He continued writing humorous books for kids under the penname “Jovial Bob Stine.” He published his first horror novel, Blind Date, in 1986,... Read more

Don’t Ditch DialogueDialogue is important in any story. It can do many things, from exposing character to moving plot. It’s also a great way for your readers to remain hooked to the story. However, there are those who struggle with dialogue simply because they forget that it’s speech. Remember that something you write does not always translate well into spoken language. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get to grips with dialogue writing. Know How to Write Dialogue Dialogue is written in a format different from narration. Unlike narration, dialogue moves into the next paragraph as soon as a different character speaks. Moreover, since dialogue is technically spoken... Read more

Nora Roberts, author of novels such as Montana Sky and Northern Lights, is one of the very few writers who manage to rise to prominence in the genre of romance. Born Eleanor Marie Robertson, Nora Roberts is the youngest of five children. Raised in Maryland, Nora spent her childhood reading stories and, eventually, writing them. She went to a Catholic school and married after graduating high school. She became a stay-at-home mom to two sons, Dan and Jason, which allowed her to develop her writing. In 1979, a blizzard kept her and her sons cooped up at home with nothing to do. This prompted Robertson to take out a pen and paper and start writing down one of her stories. She fell in... Read more

Clinching Character RevealsCharacters are important vessels in story writing. They execute the story, advance the plot, and give your readers someone to relate to. Creating and revealing characters is important in writing stories. A good writer is one who is able to create not only a character but a complete person. Here are some tips you can keep in mind when you start writing with characters and revealing them one by one. Know What Has to Be Revealed There are a few basic things that your character has to have (other than a name). What does your character look like? What’s going on in their head? What are they fighting for/against? What are their dreams? What do they bel... Read more

This year, Netflix released one of its most controversial series to date: 13 Reasons Why. Based on Jay Asher’s book of the same name, the series is told from the perspective of a teenager named Clay Jensen, who is dealing with the recent death of a classmate named Hannah Baker. Days after her death, he finds a box of numbered tapes. When he plays the first, he is greeted by the disembodied voice of Hannah, who starts explaining why she died. The public’s reception toward the series has been delicately balanced, with many people lauding the series for shining a light on important issues such as bullying and suicide, and criticizing it for being unrealistic and violent. Warning:&nbs... Read more

Animal-lover and author ED Bird shared with us his passion for writing and his latest book, Digby’s Diary. Born in Scotland, Bird is currently based in Zimbabwe with his wife and their rescue dogs Much like many other authors, ED started writing when he was young. “I’ve always enjoyed writing, since way back in my school days,” he shares. While he has written many stories, all of which are set in Africa, Digby’s Diary is his first book. “Digby, my standard French poodle, was the most entertaining dog I’ve ever come across. He was incredibly intelligent too,” he shares. “He inspired me to write this first book.” Digby and his furry friends escape the confines of their various... Read more