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Where Do You Write (and Why)?

by Barbara Linn Probst There’s a special writing area I’ve created for myself. A glass-topped desk with very little to clutter the surface: laptop, coffee mug, desk lamp, and my little “owl with tiara” mascot. The desk faces a large window that looks out on trees and distant hills. No houses, cars, or people. A

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What Hard-Working Writers Earn in 2020

It’s the biggest question many freelance writers have: What should I charge? More specifically, what are going freelance writing rates for the type of project I’m doing? After all, we don’t want to leave money on the table… or price too high and lose the gig. If you struggle with pricing your work, it’s no

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Science Fiction: The 16 Best Books to Read & Study

Editor’s note: Ever thought of writing science fiction? One of the secrets of writing bestsellers is to write in a genre a lot of people are already reading. It may sound obvious, but few writers actually consider this. Dean Koontz, for instance when he started out wrote in whatever genre paid the most, including Science

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Create Characters That Readers Love

Readers love great characters. Think back to your favorite stories of all time. You might remember the story points, or you might not. You might remember the best bits of dialogue, or you might not. You might remember the setting descriptions, but let’s be honest, you probably don’t.  But the characters? You’ll remember the characters

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How Facing Your Space Could Improve Your Writing

Today’s guest post is by architect Donald M. Rattner. As an architect who studies the psychology of creative space, and the author of a recently published book on the subject, I’m often asked by my fellow scriveners what the most common mistake writers make in fitting out their physical workspace. Easy, I reply. They’re looking

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Tips for Writing a Query Letter

In the United States, a query letter refers to a note sent to literary agents to gauge their interest in representing the author. In the UK and Ireland, they call such a query letter a “covering letter.” These are not to be confused with a “query” or a “pitch” submitted to editors of magazines, journals or

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My Top Books of 2019

I had such a good reading year this year. It was hard to narrow my top books of 2019 into a manageable list. For as long as I can remember, my favorite part of my day has been the part when I get to curl up for an hour or so with a pile of books.

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Instead of Setting Goals, Tell a New Story

“In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.” —Dante “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to go,” said the Cat. “I don’t care much

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