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The 7 Deadly Sins of Novelists (According to Editors)

A healthy relationship between author and editor can send your story to heavenly heights, but a poor partnership deserves its own special circle of hell. Maintain this sacred bond with advice from a longtime writer-editor duo on how to forg...

The Psychology Behind Poor Early Drafts and 5 Steps to Making Sense of Them

Mackenzie Belcastro addresses writers who are despairing over their early drafts, highlighting five ways you can persevere and discover your story within them.  Fundamental Tales and False Starts We all experience a handful of life-changi...

11 Ways to Write More Scientific Fiction: Lessons from Michael Crichton

It’s been said that readers will believe anything; it’s the author’s job to convince them. Keeping readers absorbed in the fictional dream is challenging, but it seemed to be second nature for Michael Crichton, a science fiction and t...

Surprise vs. Suspense and How to Pair Them in Your Writing

In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut discussed their work during a marathon session that lasted for days. The two great directors and their French/English interpreter barely paused for meals. It was during this conversation that...

ytCropper – Share a Section of a YouTube Video

This week I answered an email from someone who had read my article 10 Tools for Teaching With YouTube Videos and wanted to know if there was a tool for sharing just a portion of a YouTube video. I used to recommend TubeChop but while that t...

The Art of the Possible In Conversation w/ Tony Lourakis (CEO @ Fleet Complete)

Student Life Network recently sat down with another successful business executive as part of SLN’s Executive Leadership Interview Series. Read on to learn what Tony Lourakis had to say to us about achieving success. There was a moment in ...

Call for Submissions: 2020 Poet’s Market

It’s that time of year again. The new 2019 Poet’s Market is on bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2020 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on Octobe...

Fired Up: Robert Crais on Passion, Process and Plot Twists

Robert Crais, master of crime writing, makes modern classics the old-fashioned way—with a heartfelt passion, a fine-tuned process and, naturally, a twist. Don’t miss his talk at the 2018 Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference in Pa...

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Writing habits you wish to acquire.

I have been always researching what it truly means to be a creative writer with the habits to succeed. To me I get writer’s block because of the following: I don’t read newspapers, I don’t journal. What I do is read storie...

Using Kids and Parents as Beta Readers for Children’s Fiction

Debut author Marie Unanue, whose book and message are about being “kind all the time,” has a unique writing process story: After writing two very different manuscripts, Marie Unanue sent them out to kids and their parents, who acted as ...

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