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Ask the Editor: How to Outline a Non-Fiction Book
50 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on March 7, 2013
If you asked me to list the three fears I picked up in high school English, they would be diagramming sentences, red ink and outlining. I’ve never gotten past my red ink complex, but I can now see the...

How to Show Emphasis Without Typing in All-Capitals
23 views | by Taylor Graham | posted on January 23, 2015
As an editor here at Xulon Press, I have read hundreds of manuscripts. Maybe even thousands. However, the top three things that I've seen on a consistent basis is: overuse of the exclamation point, mi...

Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “Said”
14 views | by Elaine Retty | posted on August 31, 2016
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 ...

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Ask the Editor: How to Outline a Non-Fiction Book
250 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on March 7, 2013
If you asked me to list the three fears I picked up in high school English, they would be diagramming sentences, red ink and outlining. I’ve never gotten past my red ink complex, but I can now see the...

New Year’s Resolution: Tackling the Blank Page
98 views | by Elaine Retty | posted on December 30, 2016
We have all been there: that white document glowing in your face, only marked with a flashing cursor simply ticking off the seconds that you aren’t writing—that you are allowing your idea to tuck ...

How to Show Emphasis Without Typing in All-Capitals
73 views | by Taylor Graham | posted on January 23, 2015
As an editor here at Xulon Press, I have read hundreds of manuscripts. Maybe even thousands. However, the top three things that I've seen on a consistent basis is: overuse of the exclamation point, mi...

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Ask the Editor: How to Outline a Non-Fiction Book
5,331 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on March 7, 2013
If you asked me to list the three fears I picked up in high school English, they would be diagramming sentences, red ink and outlining. I’ve never gotten past my red ink complex, but I can now see the...

15 Things Every Writer Needs On Their Desk
3,580 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on July 22, 2016
Painters need a canvas, paint, paintbrushes, and a rolling landscape begging to be painted. Musicians need an instrument, quarter notes on sheet music, and an audience to play for. What do writers...

The Best Writing Tool You Aren’t Using
2,908 views | by Elaine Retty | posted on March 18, 2016
Everyone knows about a certain digital pinboard, known as the procrastinator’s best friend, the party planner’s go-to inspiration, and the foodie’s favorite recipe archive. But, as a writer, have you ...

Sequels, Trilogies, Series – Oh My!
2,240 views | by Blair Townley | posted on December 2, 2013
As we draw to a close this month’s National Novel Writing Month, novel writers everywhere will be basking in the glow of accomplishment from completing their first novel. Ah, your first novel in your ...

10 Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Writer
2,220 views | by Erika Bennett | posted on April 4, 2016
Writing and procrastination might stereotypically go hand-in-hand, but no one has ever written a book by procrastinating. The only way to write a book is to write. It’s a crazy concept—I know. But if ...