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How Many Words in a Novel? Your Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction Book Word Counts

June 10, 2020

As a reader, I’ve never felt a good book was too long, even more than a thousand pages. And I’ve never found a bad book short enough. One of the most common questions writers ask me: “How long should my manuscript be?” Well, different publishers… [Continue reading below]

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Finding the Best Creative Writing Blogs on the Internet

September 24, 2019

Regardless how many books I’ve written or sold, if I’m not still educating myself about writing, I’m stagnating. My late mother taught me the value of life-long learning. Not only was she a piano teacher into her eighties, but she was also a piano student. … [Continue reading below]

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Tone in Writing - A Simple Guide for Authors

Tone in Writing: A Simple Guide for Authors

September 10, 2019

Guest blog by Tami Nantz If you’re confused about the difference between “voice” and “tone” in writing, you aren’t alone. Many writers conflate the two.  Whether you’re writing a novel, a blog post, an article, or a poem, it’s important to know the difference so… [Continue reading below]

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Masterfully Showing Emotion in Your Characters

August 13, 2019

Guest post by C.S. Lakin Effectively rendering emotion is challenging, but it’s a necessary skill if you’re a fiction writer. Readers want to be moved and never forget what reaches their hearts. If we writers don’t carefully, masterfully evoke emotion, we fail as storytellers. There… [Continue reading below]

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How to Find Your Voice in Writing

Voice in Writing: How to Find Yours

July 28, 2019

Based on what I hear wherever I speak, it’s clear that beginning writers agonize as much over find their writing voice as over any other issue.  Trust me, while it’s crucial you find your unique writing voice, it really isn’t all that complicated.  You wouldn’t… [Continue reading below]

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