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5 Ways to Keep Focus When Burned Out and Brain-Fried

Sometimes the real challenge to completing a story is sustaining focus. In this post, Jessica Hatch shares 5 ways to keep focus when burned out and brain-fried. We’ve all experienced burnout, that fried-brain feel. It can come from many d...

How I Got My Agent: J.R.H. Lawless

Author J.R.H. Lawless shares how he landed his literary agent, Marisa Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, while getting his novel, Always Greener, published. My path to representation by the amazing Marisa Corvisiero of the Corvis...

Christina Lauren: Write What Makes You Excited

In this author spotlight, the duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (writing as Christina Lauren) talk about their most recent book, The Honey Don’t List, and share how their writing process changes from book to book. Christina Laure...

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A Question of Formatting

Hey everyone! Hope this finds you well (or as well as you can be, what with everything that’s happening). Two questions regarding the same topic, and that is *drum roll* writing in different formats! You know what I mean – diary...

5 Tips for Adding Humor to a Self-Help Book

Self-help books should be helpful, but bestsellers tend to offer humor too. Here are five tips for adding humor to a self-help book. Self-help books are fun to write. This is your chance to climb up on your (educated) soap box and tell peop...

7 Ways You Can Write for Change

If you’re motivated to write for change in the world, no matter the topic, writing coach Nina Amir has 7 tips to help you achieve your goal. No matter the genre in which you write, your published work can transform you into a change agent...

20 Ways How to Write Characters Better: Protagonists, Antagonists, Minor Characters, and More!

Here is the post you’ve been looking for: A complete guide of ways how to write characters better, whether you’re looking to create protagonists, antagonists, or minor characters from a range of award-winning and bestselling authors. Po...

Vintage WD: Decoding the Secrets to Selling Popular Fiction, Part 1

In this first part of a 1981 WD article about writing popular fiction like old-fashioned murder mysteries or regency romances, Roy Sorrels and Megan Daniel share some of their best tips for satisfying discerning readers. By Roy Sorrels and ...

10 Irish Poetic Forms

Here are 10 Irish poetic forms and how to write them. From the ae freislighe to the snam suad and several poem types in between. I’ve been covering poetic forms on this blog for more than a decade now. Long enough to make lists of poetic ...

Novem: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the novem, a form invented by Robin Skelton. Novem Poems The novem is a poetic form invented by Robin Skelton, author of The Shapes of Our Singing. In that bo...

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