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6 Must-Have Scenes In Your Romance Novel

6 Must-Have Scenes In Your Romance Novel

Writing a romance novel aimed at traditional publishing When you plunk down money or check out a title from a library, you expect certain reading parameters to be met. If you’re a prolific romance reader, you want to experience all of the emotional high notes at the...

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6 Tips For Writing A Family Memoir

6 Tips For Writing A Family Memoir

How to write a family memoir Example: An Ordinary Tragedy An Ordinary Tragedy by Lori Hart Beninger explores memories, research, and interviews with family and friends to understand her brother's life of escalating crime. This intimate memoir profiles the dynamics of...

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6 Important Tips For Writing Nonfiction

6 Important Tips For Writing Nonfiction

People read nonfiction books to be educated. History and technology, people and places, geography and archaeology, religion and meditation, biographies and memoirs, gardening and cooking---no matter the subject, nonfiction books help readers solve problems, examine...

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Pacing In Storytelling – 12 Common Problems And Fixes

Pacing In Storytelling – 12 Common Problems And Fixes

How to keep your story moving by removing too much information (TMI) that is weighing down the action. **********When you are in the flow of reading, you can tell when the story slows down. What had been a fast-moving adventure becomes like wading through muck. Your...

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21 Essential Tips On How To Write Your Memoir

21 Essential Tips On How To Write Your Memoir

What is a memoir --- and what is it not? It's not an autobiography It’s not a linear account of your life, beginning with the twinkle in your parents’ eyes, your kid’s first tooth, and every trial and triumph and exotic place you traveled to, or wish you had. In fact,...

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5 Tips For Writing Evil: Let It Sink In

5 Tips For Writing Evil: Let It Sink In

How to Write a Villain Readers Won't Forget Writing a palpable evil character is harder than it looks. Even Stephen King gets it wrong every now and then. First you have to think up evil things for your character to do. Then you have to make the character frighten the...

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How to Show vs. Tell When You Write: Using The 5 Senses

How to Show vs. Tell When You Write: Using The 5 Senses

If you're a novice writer, you are likely struggling with SHOW vs. TELL. Even with thousands of examples on the internet, implementing the rule within your own writing is often frustrating. If you plan to submit your writing to literary agents or publishers, or if you...

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10 Words or Phrases to Purge from Your Writing

10 Words or Phrases to Purge from Your Writing

I edit nonfiction and spend too much time and energy trying to find better ways to say the same thing in a way that matches the author’s style, but fiction writers aren’t off the hook. This is my personal list of words/phrases that hit me hard when I find them.

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Historical Fiction Writing Checklist

Historical Fiction Writing Checklist

By Ana Howard, Historical Fiction Editor and Published Author In many historical novels, the setting is so alive and present it feels like another character in the book, and when readers see it that way, it’s a huge compliment to the author. I think we’ve all read a...

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How to Hyperlink Your Table of Contents in Microsoft Word

How to Hyperlink Your Table of Contents in Microsoft Word

In today’s digital age, much of the content you produce in Microsoft Word will be replicated beyond paper. Dissertations and theses are often published online. Authors of books, whether fiction or nonfiction, are choosing to self-publish, and that means making and...

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