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Find the Ending Before You Return to the Beginning

Photo credit: nchenga on Visualhunt/ CC BY-NC Today’s post is adapted from the new bible Writing the Novella by Sharon Oard Warner. The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. — Joyce Carol Oates When I educated my first postgraduate fiction workshop in 1994 at the University of New Mexico, I […]

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Fix Your Scene Shapes to Quickly Improve Your Manuscript

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from Pexels Today’s guest post is by writer, coach and editor Lisa Cooper Ellison( @lisaellisonspen ). On Feb. 24, she’ll teach an online class announced Heartbeats: Working a scene’s feelings pattern to build momentum and dazzle books and negotiators, in partnership with Creative Nonfiction Magazine. In your final manuscript, every place […]

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Do Stories Have a Universal Shape?

Today’s post is by author J.D. Lasica( @jdlasica ). Disclosure: Lasica helps as editor in chief of BingeBooks, a sister locate to Authors A.I ., which provides us with the underlying data for this piece. Do most fictions share certain storytelling decorations? More than three a few decades ago, Kurt Vonnegut toyed with the relevant […]

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How to Launch a Book during a Pandemic

Today’s guest berth is by Samuel Moore-Sobel. The coronavirus has brought much of what used to constitute daily life to a screeching halt. The feigns have reached countless careers–including those of scribes. Bookstores across the country have reduced customer capacity, limited their hours, or closed. Possibilities for columnists to share their work has lessened, virtually […]

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Pick Your Pond: How Nonfiction Authors Can Find the Right Positioning

Photo on Visualhunt Today’s guest post is an excerpt from the brand-new book Get the Word Out: Write a Book That Makes a Difference by Anne Janzer( @AnneJanzer ). Write what you know. Stay in your path. Find your niche. On the one hand, everyone tells you to think bigger, but then they also seem […]

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How to Write When the World Has Broken Your Heart

Today’s guest pole is by author Nancy Stohlman. It’s been a common theme in 2020: commonly prolific writers determining themselves creatively blocked. And there is nothing more painful for a imaginative nature than to not be creating. Of course we blame the Corona scorched-earth meltdown. I make, we were blindsided. We weren’t ready or expecting […]

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The Benefits of Writing Flash Fiction

Photo credit: art_practice on Visualhunt/ CC BY-NC-ND Today’s post is an excerpt from the brand-new book Going Short: An Invited to Flash Fiction by Nancy Stohlman( @nancystohlman ). Consider flash fiction an opportunity. Let depart of your deceptions and your smart interpretation skills. Let vanish of your need to explain. Discover what you don’t need […]

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Writers Often Ask Me a Question I Can’t Answer

Photo credit: denisbin Today’s guest post is by author, editor and writing coach Mathina Calliope( @MathinaCalliope ). If you’re reading this blog, probabilities are you have been told at some object, by someone, likely more than once, that you are a good novelist. Maybe even a great writer. Your mom, maybe, as she pinned your […]

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Where Novelists Get Stuck: 3 Common Issues with Early Drafts

Today’s post is by regular backer Susan DeFreitas( @manzanitafire ), an award-winning author, editor, and volume tutor. She offers a first 50 -page review on works in progress for novelists endeavouring guidance on their next pace toward publishing. Many believe that having written a novel is a sort of superhuman feat, but in reality, the […]