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436 Posts: Writing
November 21, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Stay MotivatedFeeling the grind of NaNoWriMo? Here are five expert tips to keep yourself motivated.
November 13, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Make the Most of Your MinutesHere are six tips to help you hit those word count goals.
November 12, 2019
Ask an Editor: What IS Story?"Story" can be a surprisingly hard-to-identify piece of a book.
November 8, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Find InspirationIf you're struggling to come up with a story to tell, here are seven tips for where to find the inspiration you need.
November 5, 2019
What Makes a Reader Pass the 3-Chapter Hurdle?Editors can usually tell whether a manuscript is going to sink or swim by the end of Chapter 3.
October 30, 2019
Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Slow and Steady Writes the Novel"The secret to winning NaNoWriMo is to have a proper plan in place."
October 29, 2019
Putting Your Best Foot Forward: More Tips for Writing a Strong First PageYou only get one chance at a first impression. This is especially true for books!
October 25, 2019
Based on a True Story: Separating Fiction from Fact"I had to figure out who Cam was–with me and my experiences taken out of the equation."
October 24, 2019
Prepping for NaNoWriMo: 10 Things NaNo-Newbies Can ExpectParticipating in NaNoWriMo for the first time? Seasoned NaNo-er and author Katy Upperman can tell you what to expect.
October 18, 2019
First Drafts Are for Getting It Down, Not Getting It "Right""The hardest part about writing the first draft... is writing the first draft."
October 11, 2019
I Guess This Is Happening?: When Your Characters Take You on a Journey"I often have no idea what scene is going to happen next, because (surprise to nobody) I’m not a plotter."
October 3, 2019
Plotting, Pantsing, or Gardening: How to Grow Your Book "Seed""There’s no one right way to write a book. Whatever works for you, do that."
September 19, 2019
Behind the Book: Creating the Futuristic Technology of MIND GAMESIn order to write about futuristic technology, author Shana Silver had to invent it first.
September 17, 2019
Ask an Editor: When the Stakes Go Too HighWe all know the stakes of a plot need to be high to keep readers interested. But how high is TOO high?
September 11, 2019
Choose Your Words Carefully: An Author's Guide to Revising for Voice"The voice pass is usually my favorite and the most frustrating at the same time!"
August 30, 2019
Making the Most of a Minute: 5 Life Hacks for Busy Writers"You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish even if you think you don’t have any time."
August 22, 2019
A Lesson in Storytelling from Marvel Movies: Don't Sweat the Small StuffIn order to deliver emotional storytelling, sometimes you need to break the rules and trust your readers to keep up.
August 19, 2019
Swoon Author Shana Silver's Editing Update: 7 Steps to Revision Success"No matter how you revise, what’s important is finding a method that works for you."
August 8, 2019
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner: How to Avoid Burnout"Practice self-care and work smarter, not harder!"
August 1, 2019
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner: The Evolution of a Novel"Just this once, I thought I’d talk about how long it REALLY takes me to write a novel."
July 25, 2019
Swoon Author Chani Lynn Feener: Character BreakdownNow that the Xenith trilogy has come to an end, here is a character primer for anyone who's new to the series!