Good Writing Habits

Insights, advice and articles on the importance of good book writing habits.

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How To Confound And Frustrate Readers

There are rules and expectations that form a bond between writer and reader. But that's so traditional. If you want to make it your mission to confound and frustrate readers and stop them cold in their tracks, these 39 tips will help.
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Is Your Manuscript Ready For Editing?

What type of editing you need and what an editor can do to improve your work depends a lot on where you are in the arc of your project. Wherever you are, a precision edit is what you want.
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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing a short story

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box, the famous post-war American novelist Kurt Vonnegut listed these eight rules for writing short fiction. Check them out here!
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Getting — And Interpreting — A Reader’s “Thought Map” Of Your Book

Authors want to manipulate readers' thoughts — this is why we read, after all. We love getting swept away into new worlds, with new people and ideas. Getting a reader's thought map is a great way to hone this skill.
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Are You Breaking These Grammar Rules?

I enjoyed this infographic and agreeing/disagreeing with the rationale behind the green light to break these grammar rules. And ultimately, isn't language there to be twisted and abused?
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The Number One Enemy Of The Writer

Unclear thinking is most often about being lazy and not fully imagining your story. Write with clarity of purpose, and your writing comes alive.
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Writing Phone Conversations to Forward Your Plot and Draw Your Characters

When writing phone conversations, does your one-sided dialogue give insight into the character of one or both participants or the relationship between them? Is the conversation moving the plot forward?

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