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Writer tipsApril 27, 2021
Should pantsers become plotters?

Should pantsers become plotters?

How to write a book can be a hotly contested topic. Formal training dictates that outlining is a necessity of the craft, while authors often object to the practice, saying that plotting a novel takes all of the fun and creativity out of the practice. So which path is best? M.J. Blehart has strong opinions […]

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Writer tipsApril 1, 2021
Building strong side characters

Building strong side characters

Side characters are often written without development, created for a specific purpose, and then discarded without a second thought. On our most recent First Draft Friday, author Cindy Skaggs explored why side characters desire proper attention, and how they can improve your story. xxxx xxxx They can help define your theme Cindy pointed out that […]

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First Draft FridaysApril 1, 2021
FDF #21: How to Structure a Novel

FDF #21: How to Structure a Novel

At Noon ET, author Jim Woods will show you a fun, simple way to structure your book. Learn how to create a compelling story that draws in the reader and keeps them turning the page. In this live video chat, he’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips.

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Writer tipsMarch 18, 2021
Tips for building your editorial team

Tips for building your editorial team

There comes a time in every novel’s life when it is time to leave the safe haven of the author’s computer and journey out into the world. Before it reaches retailer shelves, a variety of individuals should read and critique your masterpiece. One of the first editors who helped my novels on their journeys into […]

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First Draft FridaysMarch 16, 2021
FDF #20: Creating side characters that shine

FDF #20: Creating side characters that shine

At 5pm ET, author Cindy Skaggs will discuss using into secondary (or side) characters in your novel. Side characters can be instrumental in giving your book depth, opening up your fictional world, and can be a great place for additional plotlines and main character development to occur. In this live video chat, she’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips on how to make the best use of these characters.

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First Draft FridaysMarch 3, 2021
FDF #19: Building a stronger editing team

FDF #19: Building a stronger editing team

At 5pm ET, editor Marion Archer will discuss what you need to know about building in the right beta readers and developmental eyes, when to bring them on, and the importance of a well-rounded editing team. She’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips on how to have a stronger editing team and process.

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Genres, Writer tipsMarch 1, 2021
Tips for writing in the Young Adult voice

Tips for writing in the Young Adult voice

Author Alessandra discusses best practices for writing in the Young Adult voice with YA fiction author and ghostwriter Morgan Bader.

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First Draft FridaysFebruary 18, 2021
FDF #18: Writing in the Young Adult Voice

FDF #18: Writing in the Young Adult Voice

At 12pm ET, Author Morgan Baden will discuss how to nail the Young Adult voice in your writing. In this live video chat with Alessandra Torre, they will explore how tone and language can make or break an authentic teen voice, and learn what makes a book be classified as YA in the first place.

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Writer tipsFebruary 16, 2021
Writing mistakes to avoid in your novel

Writing mistakes to avoid in your novel

Book editor Susan Barnes reveals the most common missteps that authors make. These mistakes can cause poor reviews, lost sales, and readers abandoning your novel midway through. In this half-hour event, Susan teaches how to avoid common pitfalls and what to watch our for when you're writing and rewriting a draft.

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Writer tipsFebruary 15, 2021
Is your romance novel too steamy?

Is your romance novel too steamy?

Romance novels often get a bad reputation as being nothing more than tawdry scenes linked to each other by a cookie cutter plot. But as any romance reader knows, sex is just one portion of a beautiful and intricate romance novel. And in some romance novels, sex is missing altogether from the pages. In our […]

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Writer tipsJanuary 31, 2021
How to become a more prolific writer

How to become a more prolific writer

As a writer, have you ever achieved flow state - that feeling when words flow like water? Author Chris Fox explains how he writes 5,000 words an hour in this interactive chat.

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Writer tipsJanuary 18, 2021
Improving your first page

Improving your first page

If done right, a novel’s first page can be a powerful ally to generate sales. On the other side of that coin, your first page can be a powerful deterrant for readers if it misses its mark. So, how do you make sure that your first page, or first scene, captures the readers’ attention and […]

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