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A collection of insightful BookBaby Blog posts that explore the craft of writing, the habits of successful writers, and myriad topics that will instruct and inspire seasoned and new writers alike.

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What are the Differences Between an Anti-Hero vs. Anti-Villain?

Anti-heroes and anti-villains commonly get confused, though they are vastly different. Read to discover the differences between an anti-hero vs villain.
The Vermont Home Of Robert Frost

A Visit To The Vermont Home Of Robert Frost

We visit South Shaftsbury, Vermont, where four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and state poet laureate Robert Frost built a legacy.
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5 Things You Can Do To Become A Better Writer

Do you want to be a better writer? Maybe you just need to find joy in writing. These five steps can help get you there. Estimated reading time: 6 minutes
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Writing by hand, or typing: when are you most creative?

According to a story from the New York Times, "research suggests that writing by hand allows [students] to process a lecture’s contents and reframe it — a process of reflection and manipulation that can lead to better understanding and memory encoding." The article, entitled "What's Lost as Handwriting Fades," goes on to say: "The researchers found that the initial duplication process mattered a great deal. When children had drawn a letter freehand, they exhibited increased activity in three areas of the brain that are activated in adults when they read and write: the left fusiform gyrus, the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior parietal cortex."
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When Is The Right Time To Write?

Whether you’re most creative at dawn or midnight, paying attention to how you write at different times of the day can help you discover the best time to write for you.
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Why You Need an Editor for Your Book

An editor can help ensure your book's success before it hits the shelves. Learn more about an editor's role and why you should invest in editing services.
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Can A Catastrophe Be A Character In Your Novel?

Conflict and villains are standard fare in every genre and mode of storytelling. But a villain isn’t always human, and conflict takes on many forms, as seen in these examples of literature and film.

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