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What now? Here at the DeadDarlings office we headed into a new year under a new presidency. Writers know how to handle transitions. We notice the shifts taking place within our scenes or between our chapters and choose how to smooth out the journey for our readers by looking at what has to change and what stays the same from one state to the next. Last month we looked at all the things we want to keep doing in 2017.

February 17, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Here are the Dead Darlings’ offices we know writer's inspiration can come from nearly anywhere: news headlines, overheard conversations, or the characters in your life. This month, we got inspired not just with stories, but the craft lessons and novel fodder hidden in different media.


Anna Williams takes a closer look at the hidden heroism in the Not-so-Brave Girls featured in the novels of her youth.  

January 20, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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We’re heading from the Dead Darlings’ offices into the holidays armed with presents and egg nog and thick wool mittens. Every writer knows that along with the good cheer and mistletoe holidays bring the complicated dramas of family, expectations, and magic (or magical thinking) that make stories great. Here are some things to pack into your sleigh as you head into the festivities.

December 23, 2016 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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This month, we've gone quantitative. You might be glued to the latest poll numbers, your fantasy football standings, or where your book ranks on Amazon. Over at the Dead Darlings offices, we can't stop counting the ways to make our literary lives better.

18 Ways to Cope
Stephaie Gayle shares a long of list of survival tips for introverted writers facing The Next Giant Conference

October 21, 2016 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Last month we were feeling all the feels at the DeadDarlings office. The ups and downs of hope. The agony of waiting for replies. Awkward conversations and high praise. Here's to the ride...and using it all to improve your character(s).

The Lightside of Dark
Julie Carrick Dalton helps us look Through the Eyes of an Antagonist

September 16, 2016 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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