A well-constructed story has the right blend of facts and narrative. This post turns this concept into a sweet and colorful metaphor.

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Interviewing a source can be an exciting part of your research, but the prospect of an hours-long transcription job can be a barrier to starting the writing process. Transcription software might be the answer you're looking for.

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You may think your manuscript is ready for publication, but are there holes in your story? A beta reader can help determine if there's still work to do.

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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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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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