There are different types of book editing – including proofreading, copy-editing, and developmental editing – for different stages of the publication process. You should be aware of what kind of editing your manuscript needs and what is involved in each type.

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Authors may well be justified in feeling angry and hateful when their hard work is slated by a critic, but it is rarely a good idea to react impulsively on those emotions. Instead, follow these suggestions on how writers should respond to book critics.

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The start of a new year is a good time to finally commit the time and energy to write a book. But first, ask yourself one important question to find out if you really have what it takes to be a writer.

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If you’re struggling to meet your daily NaNoWriMo word count, or any other writing goals, take a few minutes for some useful procrastination to help you hit your writing targets. Make a note of all the things that hold you back from writing, from all the things that prevent you from getting to the computer in the first place to the things that distract you in the middle of writing. When you look at the list, you will no doubt notice that, like the characters in your story, you have external and internal barriers.

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Understanding your hero’s goals will help you plan your plot line and develop the engaging, motivated characters your readers will love to follow. Here are three easy steps to get you on your way to developing your characters' goals.

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To get to the heart of what drives your characters, you need to find out what’s most important to them. Here are three exercises to find out what values drive your characters.

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Whether you're wondering what happens next in your story, want to write your first novel, or are about to start on the next installment of your long-running series, there are always times when you’ll need to find inspiration. And it is often surprisingly close by. "Be observant," said the dramatist, Lajos Egri, "and you will be forced to admit that the world is an inexhaustible pastry shop and you are permitted to choose from the delicacies the tastiest bits for yourself."

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