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How To Write A Book: 20 Tips from World-Class Authors

Do you dream of writing a book? Maybe you have a great idea but just can’t get started. Or maybe you’ve started, but now you’re stuck. Whether your book is still just an idea, or whether you’re already writing it, we found some beautiful quotes to inspire you and show you how to write a book. Check out […]

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How to Write a Short Story With Deep Structure (And Win a Prize for It)

Would you like to know how to write a short story that wins a prize? Of course you would! You’ve drafted your story, and it looks good. But now you want to fine-tune it to win a contest. How do you improve your chances? Let me tell you a secret. I’ve judged more than 5000 […]

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Do You Know The Secret Sauce That Turns Stories Into Magic?

Let me tell you a story. Once there was a writer who had a dream. To live, work and thrive by telling stories that made people smile, swoon and weep. He was pretty decent at it too, sailing through school on a knack for essays and last-minute term papers that fooled faculty into giving him […]

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How To Pick The Right Genre For Your Novel (And Why Your Sales Depend On It)

Do you want to sell thousands of copies of your novel? Maybe you want to sell to a traditional publisher through an agent. Or would you rather sell directly to readers through self-publishing? No matter which route you choose, your ability to pick the right genre for your novel can mean the difference between success and […]

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2 Amazing Ways To Revise Your Novel (And When To Use Them)

You know you need to revise your novel, but where do you begin? The complexity of a novel can be overwhelming. 50,000-150,000 words means you can’t keep everything in your head. Flipping back and forth between hundreds of pages makes it hard to remember where you are. You can’t see the story’s structure. Or can […]

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5 Ways To Improve A Perfect Story

You’ve written a story you’re proud of. You’ve edited it until there’s nothing left to do. It’s perfect! Isn’t it? Of course. But how can you enhance it? That’s the challenge I face every day as a “copy doctor” when members of my writing program send me their work-in-progress for my comments. Often I despair. Their […]

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What Are YOU Writing?

What are you working on right now? A novel? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what […]

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How To Write Children’s Picture Books

“Anyone can write a children’s book!” Yep, that’s the response I get when I tell people I write for kids. “After all, they’re just kids,” they say with a flick of the wrist. As if kids are simpletons. As if kids don’t care what they read. As if kidlit publishers will buy any drivel. We know […]

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How To Make The Right Choices For Your Novel

How do you know which choices are right for your novel? When you first start typing words onto the blank computer screen, you won’t always have a clear vision of the story you’re about to write. Your story could end up playing out in any number of ways, much like life itself. The decisions you […]

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How To Revise Your Novel At A Glance

So you’ve written a novel? You should be thrilled, but you’re filled with dread. Because you need to revise your novel. Revising a novel looms large because novels are complex. So we break them into manageable parts called chapters. A chapter is short, covers a few pages, and usually deals with only a few plot points, […]

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