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5 Reasons You Need an In-Depth Critique

5 Reasons You Need an In-Depth Critique Criticism is something many of us shy away from. Who wants to hear what they are doing wrong? Praise is where it’s at! Right? Maybe not. Criticism, in the most constructive way, makes us stronger—makes our writing, our voice, and our stories stronger. Before I give you five […]

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The Dos and Don’ts to Dialogue Tags

Guest post by Ryan Lanz Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out. In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward […]

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How Do You Write? Paper vs. Computer

How Do You Write? Paper vs. Computer I’m always looking for ways to improve my writing. Certain tools and habits help me get into the writing groove, while others can be distracting. One choice that can affect our writing is whether to use paper or a computer. Like an artist knowing which brush to use […]

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4 Simple, Realistic Ways You Can Make Time to Write

Guest post by Erin Tolbert Whether you write romance, self-help, historical fiction or anything in between, all authors have something in common: You must make time to write. Let’s be honest, how often do you say to yourself, “If I could just find time to write…”? But here’s the thing, it’s not easy to “find […]

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