Sometimes what your book needs is an elephant or two in the room. That's what a mokita is, and while we don’t want these elephants in our real lives, they can be powerful agents in your storytelling.

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The emotional map of your book is different than the plot, though the two are tightly related. Being aware of this emotional current can bring clarity to your writing, and is a powerful way to progress your story.

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A brilliant book is easy to describe. That's good, because there are essential book descriptions that will factor into your chances for success.

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A micro-memoir focuses on one moment – maybe only seconds long. Whether it's the actual start to your book, or just a way to get you to start the writing process, these little scenes will set the stage for the larger story.

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Memoirs are their own class of writing, but they have to adhere to the principles of great storytelling. Here are four things to consider before you write your memoir.

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Whatever your chosen format as an author – novels, short stories, essays, etc. – trying your hand at others is an excellent writing exercise. Here are six writing formats to consider.

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How much of your precious time do you save to read about writing? Here are five critical reasons for spending some of your invaluable "off-writing" time reading advice about the craft and process of writing.

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