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5 tips for crafting a memorable book description

Jacket copy is never going to be “perfect.” It’ll never capture everything you want readers to know about your book or your achievements as an author. So give up on trying to pack it all in and just accept the fact that this is supposed to be, much like the descriptions on a menu, a teaser. First throw your hands in the air, and then use them to karate chop all the extraneous elements into submission. What’s left over will be in fighting trim.

5 habits of productive novelists

National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is a crazy, annual event where over a quarter million authors set out to each write a 50,000-word novel between November 1-30. After the 2012 event, RescueTime did some research to find out what traits were shared by the the most productive novelists amongst the NaNoWriMo crowd. Check it out!
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Filling The Holes In Your Story

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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Seven Writing Tips To Increase Your Productivity

Whether taking the NaNoWriMo challenge or not, we can all use pointers and reminders when it comes to increasing productivity at the keyboard. These seven writing tips can set on your way to make a plan, and stick to it!
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A Cross Section Of NaNoWriMo Writers – Where Do You Fit In?

With the start date for NaNoWriMo just days away, I'm steeling myself to the task of completing a novel in a month. This infographic gives some insight into the habits and plans of writers as they stand on the edge of this challenge.
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Creating Your Own Rules: How To Build A Story World

Rules are weighty and can produce some of the most significant sentences you'll write. They build your story world, immerse your reader, and produce consequences.
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How to Revise Your Novel through a Read Aloud and Critique Workshop

There are many types of workshops, but none are quite as useful at honing a novelist's natural voice as a read aloud and critique workshop.

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