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Showing Characters’ Moods and Emotions

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Showing Characters’ Moods and Emotions

Whether you’ve been writing for decades or are just embarking on your first writing journey, you’ve likely heard the phrase “show, don’t tell” ad nauseum. It’s one writing rule that applies to every genre because it makes or breaks the reading experience for your end-user—the reader. When we take it upon ourselves to tell readers […]

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10 Steps to Plotting Scenes Using Index Cards

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10 Steps to Plotting Scenes Using Index Cards

Whether you’re a plotter or a panster, writing fiction or nonfiction, you can benefit from using index cards to plot your book ahead of time. The old-school outlining format we used for research papers in high school isn’t for everyone and can often make it more difficult to rearrange material later on. So, grab a […]

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Writing Back Cover Copy for Your Nonfiction Book

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 27, 2019 0 Comments
Writing Back Cover Copy for Your Nonfiction Book

Writing back cover copy for nonfiction books is significantly different than writing back cover copy for fiction. Nonfiction readers care more about who is providing the information. These readers want to know they are receiving help or education from an expert on a particular topic. Nonfiction back cover copy must spell out the benefits for […]

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15 Phrases that Signal Your Writing Went Off Topic

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15 Phrases that Signal Your Writing Went Off Topic

Throughout my experience as an editor, I’ve found that nonfiction writers are more inclined to go off topic than fiction writers. I believe passion plays a huge role in writers’ rabbit holes, tangents, and off-topic stories or anecdotes. When writers are angry, allow their personal biases to seep through their work, or let their passions […]

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Mid-Year Writing Check-In

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 20, 2019 0 Comments
Mid-Year Writing Check-In

People all around the world add “write a book” to their list of resolutions at the start of each year. By July many forgot they made that promise to themselves. Life gets busy and responsibilities start to stack up. Dreams of becoming an author slip to the wayside—only to be dusted off at the onset […]

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