Good Writing Habits

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

is your book finished

Is Your Book Finished?

How great would it be to have a device to stick into the pages of your book to tell you when it's done? It’s the same for new, inexperienced writers and published authors alike: sometimes it’s hard to gauge when your manuscript is truly finished.
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How to find inspiration

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."
walking as a writing exercise

A good walk may be the best writing exercise there is

Writing is not the best occupation for your health. For most of us, writing involves a lot of sitting, which is why a good walk may be the best writing exercise there is.
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Leave Yourself Something To Return To

There's no one-size-fits-all solution to keep writers motivated, but here’s one strategy that has regularly helped me move my writing forward: every time I sit down to write, I structure the end of my writing session to leave myself something to return to.
developmental editor

Things You Might Hear From A Developmental Editor

Within the domain of book editing, a developmental editor will assess content and story structure. Go to one when you want to see if your story "works."
verbal imagery

5 Ways To Improve Your Verbal Imagery

Humans are highly visual creatures, and this holds true when we are reading. We don’t see the images in the book, we form them in our minds. Pack in brilliant imagery and your readers will enjoy and remember your book.
science fiction

Good Science Makes For Good Science Fiction

If you do the required scientific research, your novels will transcend storytelling and the “science” will imbue the books with a realism that will heighten your readers' enjoyment of your work.

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