creating a believable character

Two Stages of Creating A Believable Character

Creating a believable character for your story begins with an initial idea, but the process of developing her into a complex, real personality will require thought and research.

Writers, How’s the Needle on Your Boredom Meter?

In a recent interview with Writer's Digest, science fiction author John Scalzi gave some great advice to writers: "Don't be boring!" It may seem obvious at the outset, but once you've written 10,000 words, it's...
rhythm in writing

Find The Rhythm In Writing

Rhythm in writing is a bit harder to define than other elements of the writing craft, but the cadence of your story can go a long way toward pulling your readers in and making the experience enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you find your groove.

The 12-Step Cure for Writer’s Block, Pt. 1: Don’t Be Married to Results

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt helped launch his presidency with those words. He was, of course, talking about measures the United States needed to take in order to...
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A Well-crafted Unfolding Is Your Ticket To A Fabulous Book

In any great book, every connection functions perfectly, the margin for error is almost nil. The chain has to be perfected for your story to unfold in a satisfying way.
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The Accidental Novelist – How Stolen Moments Can Make A Book

I write while riding the subway, waiting in lines, or after rocking my baby to sleep. In the cracks between events, my ideas simmer, and I record them while they're warm.

9 Ways to Vet an Independent Book Editor

How to find the independent editor that's right for you

Even the best authors in the world have editors. If you're serious about turning your manuscript into a bonafide book, you'll need an editor too. For self-publishers, hiring a professional editor can be expensive, so it's wise to get the manuscript into the best possible shape before bringing in an outside pair of eyes. Part of that preparation may involve consulting a friend who is able to offer unbiased feedback and constructive criticism. Or you could work with a writing group (both online or in the real world). Once you feel like you've done everything you can to prepare your manuscript, it's time to get an editor involved. But where do you start? Victoria Strauss has written an excellent article on how to vet independent editors. I recommend you read the full piece on the blog Writer Beware, but she's also been kind enough to let me paraphrase her advice below.


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