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NaNoWriMo is Done. Now What?

Guest post by Nikki Busch National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, is over. Whether you completed all 50,000 words or made it halfway, be proud! Now that the challenge is done, there’s hard work ahead. Take Your Time The month of November likely flew by, but the time you take to revise your draft […]

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What Should You Write About?

@KatieMcCoach Writing is ______. We can fill that blank with anything. There’s endless advice out there about what writing is, or should be. What to write about. Why to write. How to write it. It all comes down to what YOU want, or in many cases need to write about. What is writing to YOU? […]

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Recommended Read For Writers: Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I recently finished reading, well actually listening to Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of  the Craft.  Highly recommended for all writers! There’s a lot of conflicting advice about craft books for writers—some think you can’t learn from them, or that the best way to improve your writing is just by more writing. And I agree […]

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The Allure of the Cliffhanger

Dictionary.com defines “cliffhanger” as: — n 1. A melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense in order to interest the reader or viewer in the next installment. As well as: — n  1. A situation of imminent disaster usually occurring at the end of each episode of a serialized film 2. A situation that is dramatic or uncertain We are all familiar with cliffhangers in TV shows and books; they sometimes excite us or enrage us…or both. As a writer, there is an allure of ending a novel with a cliffhanger (especially ones that […]

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