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The End: Finishing Your Novel

Filed in Writing Tips by on June 25, 2019 0 Comments
The End: Finishing Your Novel

By the time writers find themselves writing the ending to their story, they are 80,000 words—if not more—into their story. After months or years of getting their story on paper, writers may feel burned out, ready to be done, and wanting to be onto their next project. The downside of that, however, is that a […]

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The Best Podcasts for Writers

Filed in From the Desk of... by on June 20, 2019 0 Comments
The Best Podcasts for Writers

As podcasts continue to grow in popularity, it’s no secret that there truly is a podcast for everyone. It’s also a hive of information for writers, editors, and book lovers. As with books, however, it’s best to start with a few podcast recommendations. So, whether you’re looking to brush up on your grammar skills, hone […]

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Said Is Dead: 141 Synonyms for “Said”

Filed in Writing Tips by on June 13, 2019 3 Comments
Said Is Dead: 141 Synonyms for “Said”

You are doing everything possible to make your writing better, tighter, and more interesting, but are you still using “dead words?” These are words that are simply just too plain, bland, and vague to be included in your awesome writing. One of the most notorious “dead words” is “said.” But dialogue is important! I hear you. It is also […]

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7 Stages Most Books Are Stuck in

Filed in Author Inspirations by on June 11, 2019 0 Comments
7 Stages Most Books Are Stuck in

1. The Dream Stage. You have a dream of writing and becoming an author, but you just don’t know where to begin. 2. The Idea Stage. You actually have a really good idea–and other people tell you it is–but you’re not sure how to develop it. 3. The Message Stage. You just taught an incredible […]

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Establishing Rapport and Credibility in Nonfiction

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on June 6, 2019 0 Comments
Establishing Rapport and Credibility in Nonfiction

I often find myself telling authors that they must establish rapport and credibility with their readers before anyone begins reading their book. This is vital for a number of reasons. The most important reason is that as an author, you want potential, on-the-fence readers to keep reading. You want them to recommend your book to […]

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