The truth and narrative of your story — also known as fabula and syuzhet — work in tandem to provide a satisfying read.

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If a music artist wants to record someone else’s song, there is a set fee for that use, but rights and fees are entirely up to the publisher when it comes to printing lyrics in books. If you don't want to violate US Copyright Code, read on.

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There are many ways to take a critical pass at your writing to tighten up your narrative and make it more enjoyable for your reader. Asking yourself "Why do I need this in my story?" from a macro to micro level, is one approach.

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Use an editing pass to produce a map of your reader's suspension of disbelief. Once you've created a universe in which your reader is immersed, you can focus on polishing your manuscript for publication.

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Writing snippets are practical, creative exercises that let you work on specific elements of your writing and explore styles outside your comfort zone.

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Life is short. Life is busy. How can you possibly add writing that book you to your stacked schedule? It starts with a commitment. To finish writing a book, you need to get started.

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Tropes — cultural references or recurrent themes imbued with shared meaning — can be a staple of storytelling (and a potential path to cliché).

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