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Goals for Writers

<b>Why Should Writers (or Anyone) Have Goals?</b><br>Goals are important. Goals can hold us accountable. Goals can force us to define our wants, motivate us, …

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15 Ways to Make Readers Hate Your Book

All authors want readers to enjoy their books. Authors want readers to feel good, come back for more, and tell their friends to read the author’s …

What Do You Need to Write - Writing Quote

What do you need to write? Can you write anywhere with anything? Do you prefer paper or computer? Share your favorite writing medium and places to …

Writing

Comma Splice: What is it and How to Fix it

Commas can be challenging because there are several ways to use them. If you aren’t sick of hearing about commas after reading this article, you can …

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Understanding Passive and Active Verbs

All writers have heard passive verbs should be avoided as much as possible and active verbs are fundamental to good writing.<p>Do you know the …

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Verb Tenses Chart

Past, present, and future verb tenses in the simple, progressive (or continuous), perfect, and perfect progressive or continuous verb tense. View …

Language Learning

Scene Transition Tips

A scene transition isn’t a scene itself but is the narration, action, and/or dialogue between two scenes to take readers and characters to a new …

Bridges

Story Structure: Freytag's Pyramid

History of Freytag’s Pyramid (or the Five-Act Story Structure)<p>Gustav Freytag was a nineteenth-century German novelist who saw common patterns in the …

The Six R's of Revising Your First Draft

Congratulations! You’ve completed writing your first draft.<p>Whether you’ve written a short story or a novel, the next step is revising your first …

Creative Writing

Query Letter Tips

Before beginning the query process, have a finished and polished manuscript ready to go. Make sure your manuscript is the best you can make it. You …

Writing

Punctuation—Where, When, Why, and How to Use It

Did you know some punctuation “rules” are really only style choices? There are different styles of punctuation depending on what you are writing …

Linguistics

To Outline or Not to Outline Your Novel

One of the biggest debates writers have is whether or not an outline should be created before writing a novel. Writers are divided into two …

Creative Writing

Nine Comma Pitfalls to Avoid

As an editor, the most common punctuation issues I see are with comma usage. Writers can avoid many comma pitfalls by mastering the conventions below.<p>…

Modal Verbs and How to Use Them

What are Modal Verbs?<br>Modal verbs are auxiliary (helping) verbs and don’t need an additional auxiliary verb in negatives or questions.<p>Modal verbs are …

Language

32 Literary Terms Writers Should Know

Allusion<br>A reference within a literary work to another work of fiction, a movie, a piece of art, or an event. Used to provide greater context or …

10 Kindle Formatting Tips

Authors can learn how to format their books themselves, or they can hire freelancers. Whether you choose to format your own book or hire someone, …

Writing

Jim Rudnick, Science-fiction Author

Introducing Jim Rudnick, Science-fiction author.<p><b>Author Bio:</b><br>Being a youngster in the 1950’s meant that I was a voracious reader in what has been …

Writing

Indie Publishing Options

Authors who choose not to publish traditionally are referred to as independent, or indie, authors. Indie authors must make several decisions …

Writing

Homophones Quiz

(A) Mary tried to <i>alter</i> her test score by cheating.<br>(B) Mary tried to <i>altar</i> her test score by cheating<p>(A) John was <i>discrete</i> when he followed the man out …

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Goals for Writers

<b>Why Should Writers (or Anyone) Have Goals?</b><br>Goals are important. Goals can hold us accountable. Goals can force us to define our wants, motivate us, …

Writing

Finding a "Good" Editor

<b>What is a “good” editor?</b><br>Each author’s opinion will vary on what makes a <i>“good”</i> editor. Ultimately, a <i>“good”</i> editor is an editor who provides an author …

Writing

Easy Child Theme Creation - A WordPress Guide

<b>What is a Child Theme and Why Use One?</b><br>A child theme is a theme that inherits the styles and functions of another theme, called the parent theme. …

Web Design

Dialogue and Punctuation

Dialogue has its own rules for punctuation and where the different punctuation goes. Only a character’s spoken words is contained within the …

Creative Writing

Commonly Confused Words

Words that sound alike or nearly alike but have different meanings can often cause writers difficulties. Here is a list of some of the most commonly …

Beta Reader

<b>What is a Beta Reader—and why should an author have one (preferably several)?</b><p>A beta reader is an individual who reads an author’s manuscript <i>before</i> it …

Writing

Author Appreciation

Without authors, we wouldn’t have books to read. Books mean different things to different people. Books can be a way to discover new worlds, people, …

Writing

Five Tips To Write A Strong Scene

Reveal necessary information before action.<br>Information can be used for foreshadowing and setting up action later in the scene. Opening sentences can …

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