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Who actually wrote that book?

Who actually wrote that book?

A guest post by Peter Rowlands. Not all writers are gifted when it comes to detail. That’s why book editors exist. My understanding is that conventional publishers employ them (partly, anyway) to put the shine on what might have started out as a rough diamond. With the best will in the world, it’s one reason […]

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Writing the Epic: Take a Tip from the Racetrack

Writing the Epic: Take a Tip from the Racetrack

A guest post by Glen Craney. One of the pitfalls to guard against when writing the sweeping historical novel is losing the reader amid a legion of characters. The author becomes so immersed in the research and details that it becomes virtually impossible to understand what it will be like to read the story for […]

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Writing a First Novel: Don’t Give Up

Writing a First Novel: Don’t Give Up

A guest post by Miranda Atchley. I would say one of the hardest things about being an author is dealing with insecurity. When I was writing my first novel, I only told a very few people that were really close to me that I was actually writing a book with plans to publish it. Most […]

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2 Reasons Why Self-Editing is Hard and 5 Ways You Can Make It Easier

2 Reasons Why Self-Editing is Hard and 5 Ways You Can Make It Easier

A guest post by Marla Sherman. Having an edited, ready-for-publication manuscript is paramount when searching for a publisher or an agent. Some vanity publishers—like EMSA Publishing—will provide editing in exchange for a percentage of the royalties. Others will provide you with a list of approved editors and ask you to pay from your own pocket […]

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Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

A guest post by Kathryn Pincus. Writing a Novel During My Morning Run WRITTEN BY KATHRYN PINCUS. POSTED IN SELF GROWTH. (Published originally in Living Well Magazine, April 2015 issue) Almost every morning, as the sun is beginning its ascent into the sky, I lace up my running shoes, stretch, and bound out the door. […]

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What My Children Taught Me About Persistence

What My Children Taught Me About Persistence

A guest post by Steven Remington. My two year old daughter stands at my feet while I am speaking on the phone and repeatedly says, “Dad… dad, dad, daddy, dad,” until I am frustrated enough I finally burst out, “What??” All parents have been in this situation. It could be a person you’re talking to […]

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Finding that Happy Ending

Finding that Happy Ending

More and more, as a reader, I find myself searching for something new. This has less to do with branching out into genres I haven’t yet explored and more to do with wanting the old and familiar to suddenly feel fresh and inspired. More zip? More zing? Is that what’s missing for me? I don’t […]

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Write A Better Book Through Meditation

Write A Better Book Through Meditation

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   On my checklist of things to do in this life, meditation had always been in the “no time soon” category. Something about it seemed a bit suspect to me. As evidence, I offer you my original take on […]

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Storytelling Through Music

Storytelling Through Music

Yesterday evening, I attended a concert at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. Intermission was followed by a modern symphony making its world premiere performance for a concert band. As part of his introduction, the evening’s conductor, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, said that the composer intended the piece to be a journey through the ups and downs […]

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Editing: Comma Chameleon

Editing: Comma Chameleon

According to some researchers, men have trouble seeing what is right in front of them. Men are better at seeing things in the distance due to their hunter past chasing animals, while women, the historical gatherers, are better at focusing on things at close range, a British study has concluded. While the “single” me could […]

Self-Publishing: Happily Ever After

Self-Publishing: Happily Ever After

I read romances. In fact, I’ve read hundreds of them including books written by Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, Carla Neggers, Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter, and Heather Graham. I read this genre, and these authors, because they are guaranteed to take me on a semi-unpredictable ride to Happily Ever After.  […]

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I Love You, America
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I Love You, America

Is it because of the parades and fireworks and Fourth of July celebrations my parents took me to as a kid? Or maybe the dozens upon dozens of weekend trips to historical sites and battlefields and museums my parents prioritized visiting when my brothers and I were young? Perhaps it’s the beauty of our flag, the […]

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Writing a Novel: Deep Midnight

Writing a Novel: Deep Midnight

It’s 3 AM. The dream wakes you, scaring you with its intensity, shaking you with its fever. By day it trails you, clings to you, seeps into your skin. At first, you tell no one. Then, little by little, the dream finds words, finds its way out of your mind and into your reality. You […]

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Writing a Novel: 165,000 Word Count

Writing a Novel: 165,000 Word Count

The total word count for my first draft of AVA was 165,000 words. No kidding. I sweated over that draft, lost sleep over it, obsessed over it for months on end. It was my first-born work of fiction and I was so proud. I fed my manuscript constantly, convinced that the best way to nourish a […]

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Writing a Novel: Risk And The Unpublished Writer

Writing a Novel: Risk And The Unpublished Writer

“Do you believe?” I’ve been asked that question over and over, in various forms, for two long years. Do I believe in what I’m doing? Do I believe the sacrifices are worth it? Do I believe people will want to read my books and short stories? The list goes on. All the while, I’ve been writing and re-writing stories and […]

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