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Tips on Writing a Series

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell If you’re committed to writing stand-alones, good for you. If you could see yourself doing either a series or a stand-alone, welcome to the club! There are so many advantages, and so many disadvantages, to writing a series that it can be hard to decide how you’d rather tell your stories.

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How to Write a Good First Chapter: A Checklist

For the writer, there’s nothing harder than writing the first chapter and final chapter of a book. It is here that all of your perfectionism rears its ugly head calling for a full halt to your progress. I’ve written and rewritten my first chapter dozens of times, and I’m not alone. Most writers struggle to

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Creating Tension in Fiction Scenes

Today’s guest post is by Erick Mertz. One of the things writers commonly ask me is, how do I create more compelling scenes? How do accomplish the elusive gold standard of “show but don’t tell”? If you have written for any amount of time, you’ve probably been given feedback along those lines. For any number

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Understanding the Life of an Artist as Story

Before you can create anything, you must first create yourself. The process of changing your life—of pursuing a vocation, finding a true love, even making a career transition—always begins with an understanding of who you are. But it doesn’t stop there. To listen to an audio version of this essay, click here: Podcast: Play in

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3 Motivations for Writers to Write

By Barbara Linn Probst Writing a book is hard. So is getting published, and so is achieving success as a writer. If that’s true, then why do we do it? We may have asked ourselves this question, and others may have asked us. It’s not always an easy question to answer! Our reasons can be

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