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Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers

The article Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Columnist Grip Readers materialized first on The Write Practice. Do you remember how you felt while predict The Da Vince Code or Gone Girl? The sweaty palms, the pleasant shiver, the jaw-clenching tension? Remember how those well-drawn elements of suspense braced you in thrall, feathering along […]

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The richest athlete of all time did nothing with his wealth and vanished into history

Over the course of his chariot racing career, Gaius Appuleius Diocles won nearly 60,000 lbs of amber. What did he do with it? Who knows It might have gone a little like … this 😛 TAGEND Gaius Appuleius Diocles knew his racket. He didn’t need to win; he really had to survive. Seven laps. Twelve […]

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How to Write a Book That’s Based on a True Story

Life is filled with stranger-than-fiction instants. But how do you write a book based on a genuine legend? How do you take those fantastical occasions and turn them into an even better narrative? In practice, it’s much harder than it reverberates! As a writer, you certainly want to capture those instants in an irresistible fib […]

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The Should-How Fallacy (Or Why “Correct” Isn’t “Useful”)

Get a chicken. Cook it until it’s perfectly done. Reduce the jus to a delightful go sauce. Then finish it with some butter until it has the right balance of flavors. Enjoy. This is a useless recipe, but it’s not wrong. It expects, nonetheless, that accurate advice on what you should do is as priceless […]