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Let the Holiday Season Inspire Your Writing

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on December 21, 2016 0 Comments
Let the Holiday Season Inspire Your Writing

With less than a week until Christmas Day, we at Xulon Press are aglow with the joy that the holidays bring. As book lovers, we know just how stimulating the excitement of the holiday season can be for creative work—and, at the same time, how distracting it can be with endless to-do lists, gift buying, […]

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The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Writing a Book

Filed in Video, Writing Tips by on October 15, 2016 0 Comments
The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Writing a Book

What comes first, a chapter or the title? How long is too long? Our panel of publishing experts answers your most frequently asked questions about writing a book! Related Posts: Ask the Editor: How to Outline a Non-Fiction Book Ask the Editor: How Do I Choose A Title for My Book? 5 Quick, Daily Exercises […]

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Well Looky Here! 75 Different Synonyms for the Word “Look”

Filed in Writing Tips by on September 9, 2016 9 Comments
Well Looky Here! 75 Different Synonyms for the Word “Look”

It’s easy to find yourself stuck when writing—you want to add color, depth and description to your writing, but that requires, well, you know, words. Sometimes those words are hard to conjure up! We definitely get it. To help you you out, here’s 75 different synonyms to use instead of the word “looked.” (A word which […]

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Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “Said”

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 31, 2016 1 Comment
Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “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, and one of the most notorious “dead words” is “said.” But dialogue is important! I hear you. It […]

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Gather Ye Rosebuds: What Stubborn Weeds and Good Writing Have in Common

Filed in Writing Tips by on July 11, 2016 6 Comments
Gather Ye Rosebuds: What Stubborn Weeds and Good Writing Have in Common

Many authors believe that only bad writers need editing and revision. I can assure you, that idea is false. Every author needs editing; savvy writers actually get it. Here’s why: The process of writing is quite a bit like having a big backyard. I can plant beautiful, bountiful blooms. I can water them. I can watch […]

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