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The Writer’s Guide to the Holidays

The Writer’s Guide to the Holidays

Readers love the holidays, and they love books set during the holidays. That’s why these special occasions play a significant role in the writing, promoting, and marketing of books. Writers often forget that setting a book during a particular holiday season can be a...

How To Read Like a Writer

How To Read Like a Writer

Learning to read like a writer can deepen our understanding of the writing process and help us improve our own work. Agent, editor, and USA TODAY bestselling author Paula Munier shows you how.

Writing In Scenes: The Secret to Show Don’t Tell

Writing In Scenes: The Secret to Show Don’t Tell

scene: a sequence of continuous action in a play, movie, opera, or book. One of the biggest mistakes I see in beginning writers’ work is the failure to dramatize. The dreaded telling, rather than showing. Writing in scenes helps you make sure that something is...

5 Ways Out of the Middle Malaise

5 Ways Out of the Middle Malaise

It happens to me with every novel. Usually somewhere in the middle, in that long swamp of scenes known as Act Two. Not writer’s block exactly, more like writer’s avoidance. A kind of insidious procrastination that erodes my sacred writing time. This week alone I found...

What Do Writers Want? Goal Setting for Scribblers and Other Creatives

What Do Writers Want? Goal Setting for Scribblers and Other Creatives

Setting and meeting your goals for your life as a career author doesn’t have to be a SMART formula that smacks of the Human Resources Department. If SMART works for you, then great. But if such a linear, corporate approach leaves you cold (as it does me), here are some looser, livelier ways to map out a career strategy for you as a writer.

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