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What is Developmental Editing? Does Your Story Need it?

Developmental editing may be an unfamiliar term to some writers and authors. This is, in the most basic of definitions, is editing that enhances your story. Have you ever read a book and felt the plot was all over the place, or the characters were inconsistent? Maybe the climax wasn’t strong enough or the story […]

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Best Craft Books on Writing

The debate on whether craft books on writing are necessary or not has gone on, and will continue to go on, forever. I believe that first and foremost you learn best by doing—the more you write, the more you’ll learn. As Jayne Ann Krentz & Susan Elizabeth Phillips (bestselling authors) replied when asked (at RWA), “What […]

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21 Ideas for 21 Days of Writing

  It takes 21 days to MAKE or BREAK a habit. I bet we all have a lovely list of habits to break, but what about the good habits? What about the habit of writing everyday? If all it takes it 21 consistent days to form a good habit of writing everyday, then we can […]

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What To Do After Writing The First Draft of Your Novel

Your fingers hurt. Your eyes burn. You haven’t had anything to drink except coffee for the past few days, weeks, year. You are pretty sure you haven’t slept a full night without dreaming about characters and plot lines. You are certain you will never type again. Because you finally finished writing the first draft of […]

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Plot Worksheets For Writers

Some writers are plotters, some are pantsers (writing by the seat of their pants), and some are a combination of both. I think at some point almost all writers have been on both sides of this (feel free to comment if I’m wrong!). For those writers that are in need of a little plotting help […]

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