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book synopsis

The value of a great book synopsis

Whether as a substance check, a means to kick-off the writing process, or a vehicle to share your story with beta readers, agents, and publishers, there is a lot of value in a book synopsis.
creative leaps

Creative Leaps Are The Lifeblood Of Great Writing

Writing prompts are one way to work your creative-writing muscles — and while scenario-based prompts can help you practice creative leaps, images can sometimes open the door even wider.
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Nothing is Wasted (If You Put It To Use)

Your life experiences — exhilarating and tedious, mundane and magnificent — should inform your written work. Channel your emotions and use descriptive details to make your story-world come alive.
short fiction

Do You Keep A Short Fiction Journal?

Not only does keeping a journal of short fiction keep your creative writing muscles working, harvesting your short fiction might lead to your next great idea for a novel.
first novel

The Writing That Leads To Your First Novel

Regardless of what, how, and when you write, the key is to write a lot, in as many different contexts as possible, and let the experience help you grow as a writer.
creativity when writing

Can You Trigger Creativity?

Sometimes, taking a problem on head-on isn't the most creative solution. Why not try Oblique Strategies, the I Ching, or a coin flip? Changing your mental approach can lead to a side-door solution you didn't see before.
literary influences

Who Are Your Literary Influences?

I encourage you to consider your own foundational inspirations when it comes to the written word. Who made you want to write in the first place? What works do you think are perfect — the ones you keep coming back to? Whose skill do you aspire to channel or match?

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