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The End: Finishing Your Novel

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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 Art of Fast-Drafting Your Novel

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The Art of Fast-Drafting Your Novel

Writers tend to fall into two camps regarding how much time it takes to finish drafting a book. There are those who can take upwards of 10 years to write their manuscripts. Then, there are those who fast-draft their manuscripts in as little as 14 days. While no clear-cut rules exist for fast-drafting a manuscript, […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue

From an early age, we’re taught that good description is the key to excellent writing. I’d argue that well-written dialogue is the true key to writing. A description will never move your story forward in the same way dialogue can. It’s not as hard to write dialogue as you might think. Plus, once you’ve mastered […]

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3 Writing Prompts for Fiction Writers

Filed in Author Inspirations by on September 7, 2016 1 Comment
3 Writing Prompts for Fiction Writers

Let’s face it; sometimes we just don’t know the first word to type. That’s fine if you’re a mathematician, but as a writer, words are as necessary as air to breathe. Instead of fuming at your desk, staring at a cursor that’s mocking you with every blink, try your hand at one of these fiction writing […]

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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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