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unity of effect

Edgar Allan Poe’s Notion Of “Unity Of Effect”

Edgar Allan Poe's notion of "unity of effect" describes his belief that everything in a written work must lead toward the denouement, starting with the first word.
scope of your story

The Scope Of Your Story

Scope is what everyone is talking about when they talk about genre. The scope of your story defines the genre — some concepts and ideas are in and others are out.
tell a story

Your Nonfiction Book Should Tell A Story

You have a story to tell, and people are ready to hear it, but whether or not they will relate to it depends on how well you tell it. In fact, how you tell your story is just as important as the story itself.
write your memoir

Write Your Memoir In 15 Minutes A Day

As writer and critic Gore Vidal once said, “An autobiography tells the story of a life, while a memoir tells a story from a life.” You can write your memoir in 15 minutes a day.

Don’t Get Caught Up In The “Cult of the First Sentence”

There’s this cult of the opening sentence, as if crafting a perfect first line is the key to writing a best-selling novel. Here's my take: it isn't.
book opening

A Stellar Book Opening… It’s Not About The Weather

“Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people." —Elmore Leonard
final edit

The Final Edit

Transforming your work from “draft” to “done” can be daunting, and the process can differ depending on the needs of a project. Here are some strategies to consider when reviewing your text, regardless of context, when preparing your final edit.

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