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Killing Your Darlings

Killing Your Darlings

[Ralph Bruce illustration: "Sydney Carton" in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.] KILLING YOUR DARLINGS by Barbara Kyle Have you heard the phrase, “You’ve got to kill your darlings"? It comes from a 1916 book by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch who advised writers to...

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Weird Superstitions of Famous Writers and Actors

Weird Superstitions of Famous Writers and Actors

Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. In a way every writer is, because when we create stories we play all the roles inside our heads. It’s part of the joy of writing. Before becoming an author I enjoyed a twenty-year acting career and I’ve found many...

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Is Your Question One of These?

Is Your Question One of These?

The Top 5 Questions I Get Asked. Here are the five questions I'm asked most often when I mentor writers in my master classes. Maybe one of these issues is something you've been pondering, too. If so, I hope my answers will be a help. 1. What’s the difference between a...

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I Was So Nervous About This

I Was So Nervous About This

Fear of the New – Busted! You haven’t heard from me in a while, and if you’re a writer you’ll understand why. I’ve been in the writing cave. It wasn’t easy stepping inside, though. I stood at the entrance feeling nervous. It’s been four years since I’ve written a...

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How 3-Act Structure Can Enrich Your Story

How 3-Act Structure Can Enrich Your Story

"The enemy of art is the absence of limitations." ‒ Orson Welles (pictured above) It's a fascinating artistic paradox. Total freedom inhibits creativity, whereas strategic limits generate creativity. Strategic limits? you ask. Let me give you an example of the...

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Let Your Inner Actor Bring Your Story to Life

Let Your Inner Actor Bring Your Story to Life

Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. And so are you. Think about it. When you create stories, you play the lead role inside your head, don't you? In fact, you play all the roles. It’s one of the most satisfying aspects of being a writer, getting all the parts...

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Deep Genre: The Serious Writer’s Mission

Deep Genre: The Serious Writer’s Mission

(Image: bestselling author John le Carré)   Why Genre Matters I sometimes hear emerging writers say, “My book doesn’t fall into a genre. It’s a literary novel.” But is it? Often what they mean is that, naturally, they want their story to be thought of as serious....

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Barbara Kyle is represented by:

Alec Shane
Writers House
21 West 26 Street
New York, NY, 10010
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Barbara Kyle is the author of the bestselling Thornleigh Saga series of historical novels and of acclaimed thrillers. Over half a million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Barbara has coached hundreds of writers in her online classes and many have become award-winning authors.