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What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page | News for Authors

While titles, covers, and marketing copy are all important ways to attract a reader to your book, the first page of the book itself has an equally …

Anatomy of a Discovery: How a Literary Magazine Editor Finds New Writers

<i>by John Freeman</i><p>I sometimes hear publishing new writers talked about as if it were an occult art. Tea leaves consulted. Sand art made. A voice in the …

Why Writers Lie (and Plagiarize and Fabricate and Stretch the Truth and...)

While “fake news” may be a current term of art, the literary hoax is a tale as old as the printed word. Whether it’s the fabrication of a Bob Dylan quote or the concoction of a madcap Howard Hughes tale, what happens after a writer’s lies are exposed? Paul Elie charts the course, from motive to mea …

Pixar Rolls Out Free Online Storytelling Course

Pixar has been breaking technical barriers since it was founded in 1986. But talk to any of their top filmmakers and they’ll tell you that a focus on …

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How To Create Conflict Between Multiple Antagonists

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 153<p>We’ve talked before about the benefits multiple antagonists can bring to a story – and how to give each a unique …

How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life

By the end of this post you will have a nagging urge to use an excel spreadsheet.Don’t make that face—I know you’re a writer and not a data analyst. …

11 Spelling And Grammar Errors Writers And Authors Make

Grammar Guest Writer Writing<p>Updated May 17, 2018 2836 Views 3 Comments<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>Stumble<p>Pin<p>+1<p>Share<p>109 Shares<p>4.5/5 (6)<p>Common writing errors and how to …

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Why some characters linger, even after we've closed the book

For some readers, the voices of vivid characters pop up in real life.<p>What would Hermione Granger do?<p>You might find yourself wondering how Harry …

How to Craft Timelessly Powerful Stories with Freaks, Cheats, and Familiars - Copyblogger

A few weeks ago, I recorded a podcast episode about Jonah Sachs’s book <i>Winning the Story Wars.</i> He had a particularly useful observation about three …

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How to Create an Editorial Map

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p><b>The next step in prepping for the March At-Home Revision Workshop!</b><p>Before any revision, it's helpful to know exactly …

Writing

8 Ways to Troubleshoot a Scene–and 5 Ways Make It Fabulous

So there I was: sitting at my desk, notebook in front of me—and absolutely no words staring back at me. The problem? I knew what needed to happen in …

Learn How to Pace Your Story (and Mind-Control Your Readers) in Just 8 Steps

Writing is really all about mind control. Seriously, think about it. You put words on paper, and if you do it right, you suddenly have the ability to …

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships

Once upon a time there were two characters. They got along very well, cared for each other very much, always had good advice for one another, and …

Story Structure: What’s the Purpose…for Readers?

Ever wonder how many of the writing “rules” have a reason beyond just “because I said so”? *smile* It’s easy to think of the rules we’re supposed to …

Breaking Writing Rules Right: "Only Use 'Said'"

You may have heard the writing rule that the only dialogue tag you should use is "said." And if not "said" then "asked." Sometimes even "stated" gets …

6 Secrets To Writing A Thrilling Argument – Part 2

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 86<p>In part 1 of this guide to writing a thrilling argument, I touched on character motivation, reader interest, and the …

How To Start A Blog That Earns A Real Income

In today’s competitive business environment, employees are constantly vying for ways to climb the corporate ladder. Looking to make steady gains over time, they work hard, diligently putting in the effort to ensure that they get noticed. Over time, they climb the proverbial ladder, increasing their …

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We can't stop making these 10 stupid grammar mistakes according to Microsoft

We've been taught since day one that poor grammar leads to unfortunate situations - bad grades, missed job opportunities and ridicule by the …

Conflict and Suspense Belong in Every Kind of Novel

What is the goal of the novel? Is it to entertain? Teach? Preach? Stir up anger? Change the world? Make the author a lot of money?<p>It can be any of …

6 Writing Tips to Learn From Theater

I’ve learned a lot about theater over the past year through my interest in musicals, my college theater class, and participating in a couple of …

Extract: Stephen King's 11.22.63

<i>11.23.66</i> explores the ‘what if’ of time travel; specifically, what if it were possible to travel back to 1966 and prevent the assassination of …

Mastering narration: 5 deft examples of narrative

Narrating a story presents many choices. How will you bring time and place into your story? Whose POV will you tell the story from? How will you show …

The Best Book Writing Software for New Writers: Microsoft Word

It’s easy as a writer to fall into the trap of shiny new toys. There’s an endless number of book writing software programs claiming to be the best at …