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The Art of the Moment Memoir

” Firecracker Freeze Frame” by rjsteih is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Today’s post is excerpted from We Are the Words: The Master Memoir Class by Beth Kephart( @BethKephart ). There are many ways to think about memoir, countless categories, classifications, taxonomies. Family dysfunction memoirs. Medical memoirs. Trauma memoirs. Food memoirs. Nature memoirs. Coming-of-age memoirs. […]

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Post Book Launch Depression Is a Thing

” No Mail Today” by Ivy Dawned is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Today’s post is by Rachel Michelberg, columnist of Crash. In the two months since I generate birth to a journal, I’ve discovered that post-partum publishing depression is a thing. Even when the child doesn’t cry at all. I’m not sure what I […]

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Starting Your Novel With Character: 3 Strengths and 3 Challenges

Today’s post is by regular benefactor Susan DeFreitas( @manzanitafire ), an award-winning author, writer, and notebook tutor. She offers a first 50 -page review on works in progress for novelists striving counseling on their next pace toward publishing. In my work as a bible coach-and-four, I’ve found that columnists of fiction generally fall into three […]

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You Can’t Sell an Idea

” 1/52 sentiments” by DaNieLooP is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Today’s post is excerpted from the new journal Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer: The Artistry, Joy, and Career of Storytelling by New York Times bestselling author and Hugo Award winner J. Michael Straczynski( @straczynski ), published under BenBella Books. The emails come almost […]

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The Alchemy of Emotion: 6 Key Strategies for Emotionally Affecting Fiction

” six triangular stones” by Jos van Wunnik is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Today’s post is by regular contributor Susan DeFreitas( @manzanitafire ), an award-winning author, editor, and journal coach-and-four. She offers a first 50 -page review on works in progress for novelists aiming tendency on their next gradation toward publishing. People sometimes talk […]

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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 […]