The Writing Craft

4 Steps to a Writing Routine You Won't Want to Break

4 Steps to a Writing Routine You Won’t Want to Break

June 12, 2018

Guest post by Emmanuel Nataf You’ve wanted to write a novel for ages, but can’t seem to ever find the time to start writing. Or maybe you’ve started and just keep hitting walls. Why? For most of us, the answer is that commitments like family, jobs, and life keep getting in the way. Or, it […]

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Writing Tips from 41 Experts

Writing Tips 40 Experts Wish They’d Known as Beginners

January 30, 2018

How I wish I had known as a teenager what I know now! At 19 I worked full-time as a sportswriter for a daily newspaper. I loved my job, but I was ambitious and wanted to see if I could sell a story to the Features editor. I worked hard on one, on my own […]

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Point of view in writing

A Writer’s Guide to Point of View

November 14, 2017

Budding writers often ask me: “How do I master Point of View?” The inability to grasp this concept is the most common problem I see in aspiring novelists. Veteran editor Dave Lambert says, “No decision you make will impact the shape and texture of your story more than your choice of Point of View.” So […]

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3 Reasons Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy but How to Protect Yourself Anyway

May 16, 2017

 Guest blog by Joanna Penn New authors worry about piracy, especially in this age of digital publishing and online marketing. Yes, piracy happens, but here’s why you shouldn’t let fear keep you from putting your words out into the world. 1. Serious readers prefer to buy books rather than download stolen copies Most of the reading […]

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How to Fix Passive Voice

How to Fix Passive Voice

March 7, 2017

Acquisition editors have eagle-eyes for both talent and for amateurs. They’re looking for stuff to buy and publish, and most are so overwhelmed with submissions, they’ve learned to quickly spot anything that allows them to set your piece aside. Sound cruel? They don’t want reject your writing. But because of their work loads (and their […]

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