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Writing About Villains: How to Create Compelling Dark Characters for Your Fiction (Writer’s Craft Book 5)

Writing About Villains: How to Create Compelling Dark Characters for Your Fiction (Writer’s Craft Book 5)

Rayne HallPrice: Free




Create fiends whom your readers will love to hate and can never forget.

Forget the cardboard evil-doers with their evil laughter and stinking breath. Your villains will have personality, ideals, feelings and conflicts. They will challenge your heroes, chill your readers, and give your novel excitement and depth.

This book is part of the Writer’s Craft Series: Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, and more.

Please note: This book assumes that you have some fiction writing experience. You’ll benefit most if you’ve already mastered the basics of the craft and want to learn specialist techniques. It is not recommend for absolute beginners.

British English.



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Dr Rayne’s Guide To Writerly Disorders: A Tongue-in-Cheek Diagnosis For What Ails Authors (Writer’s Craft Book 26)

Dr Rayne’s Guide To Writerly Disorders: A Tongue-in-Cheek Diagnosis For What Ails Authors (Writer’s Craft Book 26)

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Do you suffer from Synopsisitis, New Novel Itch, Mad Muse Attack, Reality Blindness or Reichenball Falls Syndrome?

If people think your behaviour is weird, this book will convince them that you’re perfectly normal for a writer. You are simply afflicted with a Creatively Transmitted Disease.

Compare your symptoms, discover the cure (if there is one) and diagnose your writer friends.

Compiled by veteran author Rayne Hall, this book is a short, fun-to-read guide and suitable as a gift for yourself or the writer in your life.

British English.






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Writing Fight Scenes (Writer’s Craft)

Writing Fight Scenes (Writer’s Craft)

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Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement. The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader’s emotions. You’ll decide how much violence your scene needs, what’s the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defence and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action. There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns. For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more. You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders. The book uses British English.



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Writing About Magic (Writer’s Craft)

Writing About Magic (Writer’s Craft)

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Do you write fantasy fiction? This book is a resource for authors. Crammed with information, tips, and plot ideas, it helps you create stories about magic and magicians which are believable and exciting. Learn about power-raising, ritual, training, initiation, love spells, sex magic, costuming, equipment, correspondences, magical weapons, healing, protection, miracles, spells, amulets, talismans, curses, hexes, illusionists, charlatans, natural and ceremonial magic, witchcraft, shamanism, alchemy, necromancy, ethics, conflicts, secrecy and more. Draw up a psychological profile for your magician, invent fictional spells that work, avoid blunders, and create trouble for your characters.



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Writer’s Craft Power Pack 1: 5-Book Bundle

Writer’s Craft Power Pack 1: 5-Book Bundle

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Get five of Rayne Hall’s acclaimed Writer’s Craft books in one:
Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Dark Stories, Writing Short Stories To Promote Your Novels, Writing About Magic, The Word-Loss Diet.

Please note – these books are for fictioneers who have mastered the basics of their craft and want to take their skills to the next level. They are not suitable for absolute beginners.



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More Horror Writing Prompts: 77 Further Powerful Ideas To Inspire Your Fiction (Writer’s Craft Book 29)

More Horror Writing Prompts: 77 Further Powerful Ideas To Inspire Your Fiction (Writer’s Craft Book 29)

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This book is crammed with fertile seeds for fiction that will thrill, disturb or scare your readers. Each prompt comes with a wealth of suggestions for how you can develop it to suit the kind of story you want to write. Plant those seeds into the rich ground of your own imagination, and watch them grow.

This book is a continuation of ‘Horror Writing Prompts’ but you can use it on its own. Each book offers different ideas for writers of dark and scary fiction.



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The Word-Loss Diet: Professional Self-Editing Techniques for Authors (Writer’s Craft Book 4)

The Word-Loss Diet: Professional Self-Editing Techniques for Authors (Writer’s Craft Book 4)

Rayne HallPrice: Free




Tighten and tone your writing style, and use simple revision tricks to slim down your manuscript. Shed thousands of words without changing the plot.

Strip away the word fat and reveal the muscle of your unique author voice.

This book is short, but potent.

It is perfect for
– self-editing before you submit your book to agents and publishers, or before self-publishing
– understanding why your stories get rejected, or why so few readers buy your book after downloading the sample chapters
– taking your writing craft skills to the next level
– polishing your writing style for the move from amateur to professional

The book is based on Rayne Hall’s popular class of the same title which has helped many writers shed word weight and develop a leaner, stronger writing style. Some authors say the class was the best investment they ever made. Now you can study the techniques in book form at your own pace.

Please note: This book assumes that you have some fiction writing experience. You’ll benefit most if you’ve already mastered the basics of the craft and want to learn specialist techniques. It is not recommend for absolute beginners.



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Mid-Novel Writing Prompts: 100 Inspiring Ideas For The Fiction Book You’ve Started To Write (Writer’s Craft 23)

Mid-Novel Writing Prompts: 100 Inspiring Ideas For The Fiction Book You’ve Started To Write (Writer’s Craft 23)

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Do you want a daily dose of inspiration to carry your novel plot forward? Conventional lists of writing prompts are great for starting new projects, but don’t work if you’re already well into a story with developed characters and an ongoing plot. This book can help.

Whether you seek to boost your own imagination, to rekindle your passion for a book project or to release a creative block, these prompts will get the juices flowing.

To stimulate the flow of your imagination, I provide some ideas for every prompt: guiding questions, what-if scenarios, and suggestions how you might interpret the topic. While they may not be an exact fit for your novel, they will open the flood gates so your own ideas gush forth.

Please note: this is not a novel-plotting guide. If you want structural help for your ‘sagging middle’, you may find my book Writing Vivid Plots more useful.



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Horror Writing Prompts: 77 Powerful Ideas To Inspire Your Fiction (Writer’s Craft) (Volume 25)

Horror Writing Prompts: 77 Powerful Ideas To Inspire Your Fiction (Writer’s Craft) (Volume 25)

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This book is crammed with fertile seeds for fiction that will thrill, disturb or scare your readers. Each prompt comes with a wealth of suggestions for how you can develop it to suit the kind of story you want to write. Plant those seeds into the rich ground of your own imagination, and watch them grow.



Price: $9.98

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