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9 Rules of Writing to Break, 1 to Obey

9 Rules of Writing to Break, 1 to Obey

Rules are meant to be broken, right? I asked some of our editors to weigh in on rules of writing and not be negative, but we ended up with a great list of rules to break. In the end there really is only one rule to keep. 1. Write/meditate on what you know. If all...

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13 Alternatives to Microsoft Word (Some are Free)

13 Alternatives to Microsoft Word (Some are Free)

Microsoft Word has been a reliable computer program for as long as most of us can probably remember—starting way back when computers first came onto the mainstream scene. Word is a great program, but has it become more of a habit rather than the most efficient...

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Tips for Writing Memoirs

Tips for Writing Memoirs

Memoir is one of the most popular genres among first-time writers. What story does one know more intimately than one’s own life? Still, writers who tackle memoirs often do so on the mistaken assumption that such a text might be straightforward and simple because it...

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Writing Mentally Ill Characters

Writing Mentally Ill Characters

If you are researching "sensitivity readers," it's likely that you have written into your novel a mentally ill character and you’re concerned about portraying that character accurately and humanely. That's smart. Regardless of your preconceptions, you won’t be able to...

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3 Writing Tips For Novel Writers

3 Writing Tips For Novel Writers

In the first phase of editing fiction—some call it “development editing”—I focus on the structural issues in the crafting of the novel, such as point-of-view; character development; plot and subplots; and balance among action, interior monologue, and dialogue. I hope...

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