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The Killing Season: Why Is April Full of Mass Murder?Who refers to April as the "killing season"? Which shootings, bombings, and other notable massacres have taken place in April in the last few decades?

Shayla Raquel Shared .

100 Instagram Story Ideas for AuthorsUsing Instagram Stories to brand yourself as an author is fun, engaging, and simple. But most authors don't know what to post on their Stories, so I've compiled a list of ideas.

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Scenes Matter MostWe're so happy that multi-published novelist Matthew Norman has joined the team here at Writer Unboxed!

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How to Give a Great Podcast Author InterviewIf you have the right approach, appearing on podcasts can help you grow your author platform.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

PubCoach top 10: March 2021Reading time: Just over 5 minutes Here are my 10 favourite articles or posts from last month, focusing on the most useful, helpful and entertaining pieces for writers.

Publication Coach Shared .

WRITER 392: Meet Rebecca Lim, author of 'Tiger Daughter'.Discover a great way to hear dialogue from around the world. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Dear Mum' edited by Samuel Johnson to give away.

So You Want To Be A Writer Shared .
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When to hire a freelance book editorThere are some key moments in your writing career where it's a good idea to consider hiring a freelance book editor.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

Motivation to Write: 7 Winning StrategiesMotivation to write is easy to build when you have SMART goals, tiny habits and other strategies for overcoming writer's blocka and inertia.

Now Novel Shared .

Develop a Daily Writing Practice to Find Your Voice: Interview with Allison FallonIn this interview, Allison mentions Julia Cameron's Morning Pages, which reminded me of Writing Down the Bones and Natalie Goldberg's explanation of freewriting as a way to get to our "first thoughts." Allison makes a strong case for why and how a private writing practice like that feeds directly into our professional writing, whether through...

Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach Shared .

How Do You Know When Your Story Is "Finished"?. A Final CheckAuthors spend so much time perfecting our writing—making it say just what we want it to say as effectively as we can, trying to get our vision onto the page—but it’s hard to know when we’ve actually reached that finish line and the story is ready.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Where to look for a literary agentThis is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers.

Publication Coach Shared .

Ep. 541: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 8: Introduction to the 12 Shadow ArchetypesEach positive character archetype inherently represents a struggle with related shadow archetypes - one passive and one aggressive.

Helping Writers Become Authors Shared .

Using Novel Writing Techniques in Your MemoirEveryone has a story to tell. Writer's Digest editor, Ericka McIntyre shares what a memoir is and how to craft a memoir that is truly a page-turner.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

What Can Authors Learn From Digital Changes In The Music Industry? With Tristra Newyear YeagerIn this interview, Tristra Newyear Yeager talks about the empowerment of the indie musician, multiple streams of income, and the uses of blockchain and AI.

The Creative Penn Shared .

29 Ways To Stay CreativeFinding it hard to stay creative? Here's 29 tips on weathering the pandemic and general life stuff to get your novel or script written.

Bang 2 Write Shared .

EP311: Catriona WardCatriona Ward's first two novels Rawblood and Little Eve won awards and critical acclaim, but her new novel The Last House on Needless Street got the kind of pre-publication buzz that comes along very rarely.

The Bestseller Experiment Shared .

How To Choose Your GenreIn this post, we think about genre and its importance to authors, and we give you tips on how to choose your genre.

Writers Write Shared .

16.13: Day Brain vs. Night BrainYour Hosts: Mary Robinette, Dan, Amal, and Howard Patterns in the way we're speaking may betray which 'brain' we're using; often bound by what's familiar, sometimes loosed for free-er choosing.

Writing Excuses Shared .

How to Lose a Book Sale. Why "Look Inside" is so ImportantMillion-copy bestseller Ruth Harris tells authors why the "Look Inside" feature can be make-or-break in an online book sale.

Anne R. Allen's Blog Shared .

3 Ways to Use the Rule of Three in Writing to Satisfy ReadersThe Rule of Three is a powerful tool to create conflict, build the tension in your writing, and satisfy your readers.

The Write Practice Shared .

LinkedIn Headline Tips and Examples for Freelance WritersWant a FREE and easy way to attract your ideal freelance clients? Give your LinkedIn headline a makeover.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: TrainCan you write a story in 250 words? #flashfiction #amwriting #contest #writingprompt.

Indies Unlimited Shared .

Desmond's Drops: March EditionWelcome to our second edition of Desmond's Drops! This month, enjoy three drops about.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Relationship Thesaurus: Bully and VictimSuccessful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so its important to craft them carefully.

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At home with Rick MortonRick has been a journalist for more than 15 years. He was a social affairs writer for The Australian, and he is now a senior reporter for the Saturday Paper.

The Garret: Writers on Writing Shared .

EP310: Deep DiveAnne Cater is the founder of Random Things Tours and has been organising book blog tours for over four years.

The Bestseller Experiment Shared .

Dealing with Creative Slumps, Writer's Block, and Low MotivationSelf-Care Tips for Writers: Selfishly: Writing Pep Talks in 11 Minutes: Wrote Every Day and This is What I Learned: I Learned About Writing in 2020: petitions, donations, and resources : / Resource Guide: in the World : SHORT FICTION I Will Never Tell You This - The Puritan: - Minola Review: - The Fiddlehead : - PRISM international : - video...

Shaelin Writes Shared .

What's after the plague?This week! Books! As we Americans ramp up our vaccinations and the end of the pandemic feels like it could possibly be around the corner, its very tempting to wonder whats next.

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Can blog posts go into a book?The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question?

Publication Coach Shared .

Ep. 230: Erika Robuck on the Magic of YouTube ResearchHer latest novel, The Invisible Woman, is about real-life superwoman of WWII, OSS/SOE agent Virginia Hall.

How Do You Write Shared .

10 Ideas For Inspiring Your Writing with MusicMusic can spark our imagination, motivate, and transport us where our writing minds need to go.

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Your Author Business Plan. Joanna Penn Interviewed By Peter Urpeth From XPO NorthIf you want to make a decent living with your writing, a business plan can help you strategize and organize the multiple aspects of the author's life.

The Creative Penn Shared .

SPS-271: How to Avoid Getting Lost in Translation.Getting your books translated doesn't have to be a costly and frustrating process.

The Self Publishing Show Shared .

Lessons Learned in Three Years as an AuthorThe first month I published a book in 2018, I made $115. Which totally excited me!

Create If Writing Shared .

Sarah Leipciger, author of 'Coming Up For Air'Sarah Leipciger's second novel features a strange, poetic mystery than spans 3 time-frames across different parts of the world.

Writer's Routine Shared .

5 Best Tools for Email Outreach AutomationIf you don't want to spend all your time sending cold emails, use the best tool for email outreach automation and start closing deals.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How Stephanie Made $2,500 FREELANCE WRITING in 30 DAYS!Get Your First $1K in Freelance Writing Jobs in 45 Days: the free masterclass linked above , you'll learn about each of the steps for getting started as a freelance writer in 2021 even more in-depth.

Jorden Makelle Shared .

Beware of hollow opening linesIf you'd like to nominate your own page or query for a public critique, kindly post them here in the discussion forums: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog Also, if you'd like to test your editing chops, keep your eye on this area or this.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

C.L. Clark: Five Things I Learned Writing The UnbrokenIn an epic fantasy unlike any other, two women clash in a world full of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire.

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds Shared .

EBook Deals March 25-3199cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

Indies Unlimited Shared .

Your Writing Process Says You're a FailureI’m working on my eighth novel and it’s a confounding one. I’ve never written a dual biographical historical before, especially with two fairly modern “characters”.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

One Path to Success: Heinlein's Rules of WritingIf this is new to you, its a framework for writing success that consists of 5 rules established by Robert A.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

The figurative language of Aminatta Forna&.I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from Aminatta Forna&.

Publication Coach Shared .

Live Webinar: ProWritingAid 101 for BusinessWondering how ProWritingAid could benefit your business? Join us for a live demo.

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Don't Piss Off Your PublicistWhat is it like working with a publicist at a publisher? I'm sharing my experience, pro tips, best practices.

Alexa Donne Shared .

What is the Antagonist in Little Women?Just launched a PODCAST called The Writer's Mind. A podcast about writing, philosophy, psychology, and critical thinking.

Tyler Mowery Shared .

How to Write a Memoir: 7 Ways to Tell a Powerful Story, Plus ExamplesWhen I teach people how to write and sell memoir, we talk about how to tell a compelling story.

The Write Life Shared .

Which "Deadwood" Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?All Indies Unlimited staff members, including the admins, are volunteers who work for free. If you enjoy what you read here - all for free - please share with your friends, like us on Facebook and Twitter, and if you don't know how to thank us for all this great, free content - feel free to make a donation!

Indies Unlimited Shared .

The 7 Things I Learned from Interviewing AuthorsFive years ago my best friend, Michele, and I decided to start a podcast that we called-Wine, Women, and Words.

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Episode 364-7 Years of SMBS, Limiting Beliefs, and Business SavvyWe are so thankful for all of our awesome listeners and look forward to seven more years.

The Sell More Books Show Shared .

How to Write a Novel with Small Wins"If you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you'll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you're done."

Go Teen Writers Shared .

Copy Editing vs Proofreading: What's the Difference and Which Do You Need?Two types of editors, both alike in dignity. Find out the differences between a copy editor and a proofreader.

Reedsy Shared .

Top 10 Iconic Villains from Movies and TVA great story needs a fantastic hero AND villain. Check out this list of the most iconic villains in movies and TV for inspiration.

Bang 2 Write Shared .

What is 'clabber'?Increase your vocabulary and you'll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week.

Publication Coach Shared .

Playing with Paraprosdokians: A Fun Post for WritersParaprosdokians are figures of speech with an unexpected ending that is often humorous. Check these, and try to create a few of your own.

Kathy Steinemann Shared .

2 Ways to Help Readers Connect Emotionally With Your CharactersIf you're getting feedback that readers can't connect with your character, or "don't understand why your character thinks/says/does certain things," you might have a WHY problem.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

Laid Off? An Old Writer's 5 Smart Moves to Get Freelance WorkIn an economy full of uncertainty thanks to the impact of COVID-19, lots of writers know what it's like to get the "pink slip" from an employer or long-time client.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

How To Use Setting As A Source Of ConflictHave you thought of using a location to increase the tension in your story?

Writers Write Shared .

Best Online Writing Courses for Fiction AuthorsWriting fiction is a lot of fun, but it can be overwhelming. Here are our favorite courses to help you with everything from writing your book to marketing it.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

What Goes In The Preface Of A Book And 5 Tips For Writing A PrefaceAnd does your book even need one? Not every book has a preface, after all.

Authority Self-Publishing Shared .

3 Writing Challenges That Will Make You a Better WriterDo you find yourself writing in the same genre and style with every story? Try one of these writing challenges to flex your creative muscles.

The Write Practice Shared .

How To Make An Audiobook Publishing on ACX and Audiobook MarketingLearn exactly how to make an audiobook, where to promote it for free, and how to market audiobooks to get more book sales.

Book Marketing Show Shared .

Is It Sticky?Where do book ideas come from? There’s a different answer for every writer, I’m sure.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

What Is Your Character's Emotional Shielding and Why Does It Matter?In the real world, we're all products of our pasts. Good and bad, the people, events, and situations we've encountered have influenced us in profound ways, impacting our morals and beliefs, our day-to-day habits, our personal preferences, even our personality and Continue reading.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

How to break bad habits with writingDo you have any bad habits with writing? Here's how to demolish them so you can learn to write with ease, grace and pleasure...

Publication Coach Shared .

You Have To Finish ItOVERCAST Subscribe to the newsletter for free stuff and bonus content here. It's episode 152 with Becky Robison, a novelist and published short story writer who I invited on to the show...

The Joined Up Writing Podcast Shared .

8 Ways To Improve Your Freelance Writing ResumeIf you’re a freelance writer, you’ll be asked about what you’ve written in the past.

Writers Write Shared .

Get Paid to Write Articles: The Freelancer's Ultimate GuideAfter offering article-writing tips for over a decade, I decided it would be useful to organize all the information into one, big ultimate guide that shows you exactly how to get paid to write articles at rates you deserve.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

WRITER 391: Meet Cate Quinn, author of 'Black Widows'.Want to join our brand new Copy Club? Big congrats to our alumni who will be at the Sydney Writers' Festival!

So You Want To Be A Writer Shared .

How to write clear physical descriptionMovies and TV shows thoroughly dominate our modern conception of storytelling, and I often worry that clear physical description in novels has become a bit of a lost and underappreciated art.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

The Curiously Complicated Emotions of Getting The COVID-19 VaccineSpoiler warning, I suppose: I got my first dose of The Vaccine. It was Moderna at a Wegman's with a candlestick wait no that's Clue.

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds Shared .

5 Types of Books Writers Should Read to Become a Better WriterThese five types of books push every writer to grow their craft.

The Write Practice Shared .

S3 E16: Anna-Marie McLemore and The Gay GatsbyKat and Claribel chat about Whisper Networks, what they are, why they exist, and how to use them.

Write Or Die Podcast Shared .

How writers can display better email etiquetteI scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about better email etiquette...

Publication Coach Shared .

Ep. 540: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The Mage ArcThe powerful and mysterious Mage Arc - the final archetypal character arc - turns its attention to questions of power and surrender.

Helping Writers Become Authors Shared .

Virtual Book ToursJohn Peragine shares the "how to" of Virtual Book Tours , the various ways you can appear on blogs and ten considerations when setting up your own VBT.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

10 Quick Tips On Writing A Killer One PagerNeed to write a killer one pager for your screenplay or novel? Then make sure you check out this top ten tips to make yours really sing!

Bang 2 Write Shared .

How To Write A Cozy Mystery With Debbie YoungWhy is cozy mystery such a popular genre? What are the important tropes? What are the best ways to market a cozy series?

The Creative Penn Shared .

Online Portfolio Examples: 17 Writer Websites We LoveWant to build a portfolio website to woo potential clients? Check out these online portfolio examples.

The Write Life Shared .

EP309: Sarah PinboroughWe welcome Sarah Pinborough back to the podcast to celebrate the release of the Netflix adaptation of Sarah's bestselling novel Behind Her Eyes.

The Bestseller Experiment Shared .

Steps to Plan Your ThrillerElements of a thriller novel to keep readers on the edge of their seat.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Singing Versus SpeakingYour Hosts: Mary Robinette, Dan, Amal, and Howard Can you hear your writing sing, being intoned instead of read?

Writing Excuses Shared .

Three Things Your Query Letter Needs to Stand OutLiterary agent Lucinda Halpern outlines the three things a query letter needs to get the attention of an agent.

Anne R. Allen's Blog Shared .

Deborah Goulding Wins Flash Fiction Popular VoteDeborah Goulding is the Readers' Choice in this week's Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today.

Indies Unlimited Shared .

How to Write Romantic Novels: 9 Bestseller InsightsLearn how to write romantic novels that make readers fall in love with your characters with insights from top romance books.

Now Novel Shared .

Process Goals for Freelancers: What Are You Doing to Win?What process goals are you using to measure your success as a freelance writer? Share your strategies to move up and earn more.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

The Best World-Building SoftwareLearn how software can help you create a compelling world for your science fiction or fantasy novel.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: DeadwoodCan you write a story in 250 words? #flashfiction #amwriting #contest #writingprompt.

Indies Unlimited Shared .

Six Writing Lessons from an Actual Backyard GardenerI have an aloe vera plant in my office. Her name is Alice. Alice came to me in a cute little terra cotta pot, and has followed me from sunny windowsill to sunny windowsill through a move across state lines.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Relationship Thesaurus Entry: AcquaintancesSuccessful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so its important to craft them carefully.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

Act 2 Chaos Writing VlogI vlogged my attempting to draft act 2 of my next YA thriller. Look, I wrote things but it was CHAOTIC.

Alexa Donne Shared .

At home with Declan FryDeclan a critic, writer, poet, essayist, and proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta. Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, in 2020 he became a critic for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald.

The Garret: Writers on Writing Shared .

Ep. 229: Chang-rae Lee on Slowing Down While WritingChang-rae the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, as well as On Such a Full Gesture >, and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

How Do You Write Shared .

Self-Care Tips for Writers!Managing Critique on Your Writing and Implementing Feedback: for Yourself: I Learned About Writing in 2020: Writing Pep Talks in 11 Minutes: Wrote Every Day and This is What I Learned: petitions, donations, and resources : / Resource Guide: in the World : SHORT FICTION I Will Never Tell You This - The Puritan: - Minola Review: - The Fiddlehead :...

Shaelin Writes Shared .

How to Use an Ellipsis in WritingThe ellipsis is an important punctuation mark.

The Write Life Shared .

Support our Asian communitiesThis week! Books! Its been a seriously dark time in this country with a horrific mass shooting at massage parlors in Atlanta and an uptick in hate crimes against Asian-Americans.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

Mitsakes adn FialuresWe are supposed to learn from mistakes, so why are we so hard on ourselves when we make them?

I Should Be Writing Shared .

How to Find the Writing Coach You NeedA writing coach might be exactly what you need to meet your writing goals. Here's why they can help and how you can find the right match for you.

The Write Practice Shared .

Stages of AttentionApril 2020 in the ancient Greek city of Myra, now lying in contemporary Turkey. Image - iStockphoto: Mehmet Uğur Özer.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Kindle Unlimited FridayKindle Unlimited Fridays lists books available for free to #KindleUnlimited members. @KindleUnlimited #amreading #ebooks.

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Lucy Clarke, author of 'The Castaways'Lucy Clarke is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers, which have been sold in over 20 territories.

Writer's Routine Shared .

Should you write on spec?The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question?

Publication Coach Shared .

Author Survey Results: Multiple Streams Of Income 2021In January 2021, I sent out a survey on Author Streams of Income to my email list and shared it on my podcast and on social media.

The Creative Penn Shared .

Some Guideposts for Switching Genres4 key pieces of advice for switching genres, plus 5 guideposts to help you navigate the journey, all add up to one great post from Eldred Bird.

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How One FREELANCE WRITER Went from $0 to $1,600 in 7 DAYS!Y'all.... Killer Cold Emailing JUST OPENED TODAY for a very limited time! Enroll today to save $200 on the price and get all the bonuses: HUGE thank you to Cierra for sharing her story!

Jorden Makelle Shared .

SPS 270: Meet the Kindle Unlimited All-StarsFrom rejection letters to making $300,000 a month - meet the indie publishing power-couple.

The Self Publishing Show Shared .

15 Literary Quotes On SleepWriters Write shares writing resources. In this post, we've collected 12 literary quotes on sleep for you.

Writers Write Shared .

8 Lessons Authors and Readers Can Learn from FanfictionFanfiction might be a word that makes you cringe, but there's lots we can learn from it.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How to Start a Publishing Company: 2021 GuideLearn how to start your own book publishing company and why any self publisher would want one.

Book Marketing Show Shared .

Delicious Conflict ParfaitConflict shows us how people relate to each other, much better than a bad day will.

I Should Be Writing Shared .

Know your perspectiveIf you'd like to nominate your own page or query for a public critique, kindly post them here in our discussion forums: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog Also, if you’d like to test your editing chops, keep your eye on this area or this area!

Nathan Bransford Shared .

EBook Deals March 18-2499cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

Indies Unlimited Shared .

Phenomenal First Pages ContestYes, you heard that right! The contest formerly know as Critiques 4U has a new name: Phenomenal First Pages.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

The figurative language of Brit BennettAmerican writer Brit Bennett produces some superlative similes. Here are some examples from her most recent novel....

Publication Coach Shared .

How to Write a Personal Statement for College Applications using ProWritingAidBoost your chances of being accepted to college. Use ProWritingAid to help you write an outstanding admission essay.

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Special Announcement: Big Sale, Videos, Puppy Kisses, Etc!Ftc: sometimes I use affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission per sale.

Writing with Jenna Moreci Shared .

Should Writers Write Every Day?Writers as individuals and as a community are often, maybe even always, in conversation with themselves and that community about the nature of writing.

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds Shared .

How to Write a Book Description That Will Sell Your BookWhat is the first thing you check on a book? I would bet, whether you’re at the library, at a bookstore, or shopping online, it’s the book description.

The Write Practice Shared .

Which "Dead Stuff" Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?All Indies Unlimited staff members, including the admins, are volunteers who work for free. If you enjoy what you read here - all for free - please share with your friends, like us on Facebook and Twitter, and if you don't know how to thank us for all this great, free content - feel free to make a donation!

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Twenty Authors Talk About the Second Time Around Part Two: The Internal ExperienceThis is a continuation of my report on the experience of launching a second novel. If you missed the first part, no worries!

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Aiming Your Launch, Spotting Scams, and Side HustlesWelcome back to another week of SMBS! Claire is holding a 5-Star Power Endings Masterclass this month, you can find it at the link provided.

The Sell More Books Show Shared .

Three Types of Sentences and How to Punctuate ThemToday I'm going to get nitty-gritty with some English grammar. A few years back I did a series of these types of posts that I called Punctuation 101.

Go Teen Writers Shared .

15 Top Tips To Becoming A Faster WriterHere's 15 tips to follow to ensure you get your novel or screenplay on the page ASAP.

Bang 2 Write Shared .

Redundancy Quiz #3 for WritersRather than augment writing, redundancies slow action scenes and increase word count. Can you find the extraneous words in this quiz?

Kathy Steinemann Shared .

What does the word 'xeric' mean?Increase your vocabulary and you'll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week.

Publication Coach Shared .

Useful Tips for Working With a Social Media AssistantWhat do they do? How do you find them? And what questions should you ask to connect with the best one for you?

Writers In The Storm Shared .

Out Now: How To Make A Living With Your Writing. Completely Rewritten And Updated Third EditionDo you want to turn your words into multiple streams of income? I'm Joanna Penn and I left my corporate job a decade ago to become a full-time author entrepreneur.

The Creative Penn Shared .

Writing-Life Loser? 11 Freelancer Stereotypes That Are Total B.S.Is there someone in your circle who thinks your writing life is a joke? Let's shut down these 11 writer stereotypes once and for all.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

An incredibly exciting and yet bittersweet announcement!We've been waiting so long to tell you about this beautiful book that Rachel Held Evans wrote.

Rachelle Gardner Shared .

How to Outline a Crime Novel Step by StepBlogThe Writing ProcessHow to Outline Your Crime Novel: Modifying the Hero's Journey.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Self-Employed Freelance Taxes: Everything You Need to KnowIt's neither fun nor sexy, but taxes are something freelancers have to think about. Get the scoop on how to manage your self-employed taxes.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

13th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge! *Yes, were counting last year toward 13 years even though COVID-19 won.) Its that time!

Nathan Bransford Shared .

3 Things Worth Thinking About BEFORE You Start Your BookWant to write a novel in 2021? Whether it's your first, fourth or fiftieth manuscript, there are certain considerations that can help you get off the starter blocks.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

Mood follows action: you don't need to be inspired to writeMy hunch is that you were waiting to feel more inspired. Or, at the very least, waiting to feel that you were going to enjoy the act of writing.

Publication Coach Shared .

7 Scenes You Won't Find In Good Fiction WritingAre you wondering which scenes to include in a book?

Writers Write Shared .

Create Crime Characters to Thrill Your ReadersGuide to create characters that meet the tropes of crime fiction. Who they are and how they work in the story.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

WRITER 390: Meet Barry Divola, author of 'Driving Stevie Fracasso'.Discover great resources for writing authentic dialogue and tips for how to run an effective writing group.

So You Want To Be A Writer Shared .

Douglas Wynne: Five Things I Learned Writing His Own DevicesIn 2016 an occult cabal activates a psychic trigger in a popular video game and a countdown to chaos begins.

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds Shared .

A year of COVIDYesterday marked my one year COVID anniversary. A year ago yesterday afternoon I started coughing a bit, checked my temperature, and went&.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

Margarida Brei Wins Flash Fiction Challenge Popular VoteMargarida Brei is the Readers' Choice in this week's Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today.

Indies Unlimited Shared .

22 Faith-Based Publications, Including Christian Magazines, That Pay Freelance WritersOur list includes websites, literary journals and magazines from a variety of spiritual perspectives. And best of all?

The Write Life Shared .

What is Diction? How to Write Vivid VoicesDiction in writing refers to the effects word choice, register and other elements of style have on voice.

Now Novel Shared .

The Sanatorium Author Sarah Pearse on Writing Closed Room Mysteries and Strong WomenDebut author Sarah Pearse joins me to talk about her novel The Sanatorium, an instant New York Times bestseller as well as a Reese's Book Club pick.

Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire Shared .

Waking From A DreamI had another post written for today. But something didn’t feel right about it. I consider the essay an acceptable effort, and I may share it another day, but I shelved it.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

How to sound more humanI scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about how to sound more human...

Publication Coach Shared .

Ep. 539: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Crone ArcThe Crone Arc begins the final act of the "life arcs" by presenting an inevitable and imperative Underworld Journey.

Helping Writers Become Authors Shared .

When Illness Interrupts Your WritingNearly every writer has had their plans interrupted by illness. Julie Glover shares practical ways, big and small, to keep moving forward when you don't feel well.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

How Writers Can Adopt a Success Mind-SetMany writers I work with have completed a first draft of a manuscript. But they have never taken the next steps to get it edited, published, and marketed.

Live Write Thrive Shared .

How To Decide Between Past and Present Tense In Your NovelHowever, for many writers, deciding between past and present tense in novels can be difficult.

Bang 2 Write Shared .

Successful Self-Publishing On Kobo Writing Life With Tara CreminHow can you reach more readers worldwide and sell more books on Kobo? What are the advantages to publishing direct with Kobo Writing Life?

The Creative Penn Shared .

EP308: Mitch BennMitch Benn is a comedian, songwriter, musician, actor and author of the Terra Trilogy, a science fiction adventure series that Neil Gaiman called "Wise, funny and human".

The Bestseller Experiment Shared .

Planning Your Book Launch: 5 Things to ExpectFrom KDP hacks to marketing backup plans, here are five lessons book marketing expert Ricardo Fayet learned when launching his book.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

16.11: What is Poetry?Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, Dan, Amal, and Howard This is how we begin our master class on poetry, with Amal El-Mohtar: With not one question, but two.

Writing Excuses Shared .

Reader Pet Peeves: How to Avoid Writing Stuff Readers HateReader Pet Peeves: it seems certain authorial quirks take many readers out of the story.

Anne R. Allen's Blog Shared .

The Magic of Atmosphere: Literary Definition and Genre ExamplesAtmosphere is all about emotion. It’s the texture of the story, created by the careful selection of details, that provides the sensory palette through which the reader will experience story events.

The Write Practice Shared .

Are You Happy?Please welcome author, playwright, and poet Karen Abbott-Trimuel to Writer Unboxed today! Karen spent over 30 years in administration working with executives of fortune 500 companies, while also writing, directing, and producing theatrical plays during her spare time.

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Blogger Burnout? 8 Expert Strategies Help You to Stay Fired UpSuffering from blogger burnout trying to crank out content all the time? Take a step back to keep your creative juices flowing.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

Should I Take Risks in My Writing?How to take risks in your writing without losing your readers.

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Save the Cat! A Review: Online Course and Story CardsEarlier today, I reposted a vintage interview with the late Blake Snyder and I hope you've had the chance to take a look at it.

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Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: Dead StuffCan you write a story in 250 words? #flashfiction #amwriting #contest #writingprompt.

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Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Godparent and ChildSuccessful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so its important to craft them carefully.

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Crime Novel IdeasStuck for ideas? Check out this list of who, what, and why questions to help you write a compelling crime novel.

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How to Convey Emotion in Your WritingShow, Don't Tell: and Concrete Language: Melodrama: petitions, donations, and resources : / Resource Guide: in the World : SHORT FICTION I Will Never Tell You This - The Puritan: - Minola Review: - The Fiddlehead : - PRISM international : - video reading: and Jane in the Garden of Eden - The Puritan: Me Under Till I See the Light - The New...

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Do I read my reviews?06:01 Authorial intent and reviews 07:36 Laughing off reviews 09:37 Venting privately 11:26 Have a review buddy 13:55 Realistic best practices 14:43 Shared author / reader spaces 17:13 Authors and Booktube 19:56 You need negative reviews 23:53 Star ratings on Goodreads 27:25 Assume good faith.

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RIP Norman JusterThis week! Books! Sad news this week as Norman Juster, the author of one of the most beloved and influential childrens books of all time, The Phantom Tollbooth, passed away at the age of 91.

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How, Exactly, Do I Find Time To Write?After 20 years I've finally figured out how to find that elusive time to write.

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5 Awful Mistakes Stopping You From Getting Freelance Writing Jobs!Training: Get $1,000 Worth of Freelance Writing Jobs in 45 Days: the free masterclass linked above , you'll learn about each of the steps for getting started freelance writing in 2021 even more in-depth!

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Writing better in EnglishThe Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question?

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10 Common Bedroom Objects to Use As WeaponsBayard and Holmes, authors of Spycraft Essentials, share 10 common bedroom objects that can be used as weapons.

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Why GRACE Took 19 Years To Make It To ScreenPeter James' Roy Grace books have sold a whopping 18 million copies in 19 years.

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Ep. 228: Jasmine Mans on Harnessing Play to Expose the TruthExplore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. How do you write a book?

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Advertising for AuthorsAs a part of my series on what authors need to sell books, I've covered the overall author platform, email, social media, and blogging / content strategy.

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Copyright Protection, Smart Contracts, Digital Scarcity And NFTs For Authors. Blockchain For The Publishing Industry With Simon-Pierre MarionIn this interview, Simon-Pierre Marion and I discuss copyright protection, smart contracts, estate management and faster, more transparent payments, as well as how digital scarcity could expand the revenue potential in the digital supply chain.

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Inspirational Memoir and Crime author talks the perfect place to write, walking to work, and the responsibility of stories.Shane worked as a child protection worker for 15 years, the things he experienced gave him the ideas to begin life as an author, something he'd always wanted.

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5 Ways Writing Technology Can Help Dyslexic WritersFive ways writing technology can help dyslexic writers, including video guides, grammar articles, and editing software.

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This Author Sold The Movie Rights to Her Novel. Here's How She Did ItA serendipitous Craigslist purchase led this award-winning author to the front doorstep of the person who bought the movie rights to her novel.

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What can an agent do for me? Do I need one? How much do they cost?If your goal is to publish your book with a medium to large traditional, royalty-paying publishing house—then you want to seek agent representation.

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Clarify the stakes in a query letterIf you'd like to nominate your own page or query for a public critique, kindly post them here in the discussion forums: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog Also, if you'd like to test your editing chops, keep your eye on this area or this.

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What Is Developmental Editing? The Writer's Guide to Developmental EditingAnd do you need it for your book? Here's what a good developmental editor will do, and how to find them.

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Who Do You Trust?There is a lot of contradictory advice on the internet. Even the same articles / lists will have contradictory advice.

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EBook Deals March 11-1799cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

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Authenticity Builds a Satisfying Author CareerAll authors are entrepreneurs. But remember, it isn't just a business you are building, it's your life.

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Process vs. Product? The Doing and the HavingWhich is more important—the process of writing or the product that results? Its not something we think much about, but as creatives, one of these two things is typically motivating us.

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The figurative language of Tejal Rao&.I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about such writing from Tejal Rao&.

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A Sneak Peek At The Dialogue WorkbookIn this post we take a sneak peak at The Dialogue Workbook that was recently added to our workbook selection.

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Booklist: Books Written by Dyslexic AuthorsSeven books by dyslexic authors to help inspire you in your writing practice.

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How To Structure Your BookFtc: sometimes I use affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission per sale.

Writing with Jenna Moreci Shared .

At home with Sam van ZwedenHer collection of personal essays, Eating With My Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award.

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Debuting In Covid with SB DivyaI'm delighted to welcome interviews back to ISBW with my good friend SB Divya. She's my co-editor on Escape Pod, but her first full-length novel, Machinehood, came out in March!

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Building a Strong AntagonistFundamentals of Screenwriting Playlist: stories need conflict. And your antagonist is here to test the strength and willpower of your protagonist.

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Which "Dreams" Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?All Indies Unlimited staff members, including the admins, are volunteers who work for free. If you enjoy what you read here - all for free - please share with your friends, like us on Facebook and Twitter, and if you don't know how to thank us for all this great, free content - feel free to make a donation!

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Wild Women: a CelebrationI’m writing this close to International Women’s Day. I’ve blogged elsewhere about the vile sexist culture that’s recently been exposed within Parliament House here in Australia, and  the realisation that in many ways we’ve gone backwards since the changes wrought by the Women’s Liberation Movement in the Sixties...

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Book Resurrections, Ahab Audiobooks, and the Algorithms of LoreThis week we have a loaded show and we really dive into email. Claire is holding a 5-Star Power Endings Masterclass this month and Bryan is doing a Blurb and Sales Page Webinar on Thursday March 11th.

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Five Promises You Make To The ReaderStephanie here. Shannon is in the middle of a move so we're pulling a post from the archives on her behalf.

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Redundancy Quiz #2 for WritersRather than augment writing, redundancies slow action scenes and increase word count. Can you find the extraneous words in quiz #2?

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What does the word 'ouroboros' mean?Increase your vocabulary and you'll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week.

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What Doomscrolling is Doing to Your Writing CreativityDoomscrolling kills writing creativity and can leave you suffering from writer's block. Colleen M. Story offers these 5 tips to eradicate doomscrolling from your creative life.

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Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make Writing DoctorsDoctors are often popular characters in screenplays and novels. Here's how NOT to write them, according to a real doctor.

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Productivity Tips for Writers: Change These 3 Mind-Mush HabitsNot enough hours in the day to write, market, and grow your freelance business?

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Format Writing ResolutionsWelcome to the latest post in our step-by-step guides for business writers.

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How To Use Dan Harmon's Story Circle To Plot Your NovelOne of the advantages of the Story Circle is that the narrative structure is so universal, it can apply to books, short stories, TV shows, plays, and movies.

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Here's How Much Time Americans Have Saved By Not Commuting Over the Last YearMillions of Americans have been able to work from home and no longer commute during the pandemic.

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26 Parenting Blogs and Magazines That Pay Freelance WritersWant to write about parenting? This list of parenting magazines and websites that pay will help you get started.

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My lit agent tea!How did I land with my current literary agent, Elana Roth Parker? How has our relationship grown over the past five years?

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My Novel's Done, Now What?Once you're done with your novel or story, what do you do? Edits? Submissions? Beta readers?

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Is Grammarly Safe and Secure? All You Need To KnowYou've heard rumors Grammarly isn't as safe and secure as you thought. And there's some truth behind Grammarly's privacy concerns.

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Should We Think of Our Setting as a Character?We've probably all heard some variation of the advice to develop story settings that feel like characters.

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Are your BHAGs holding you back?Are you expecting TOO MUCH of yourself? Having BHAGs is actually a stressful and limiting idea.............

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Good Writing comes from Adversity with Ericka WallerOVERCAST Subscribe to the newsletter for free stuff and bonus content here. It's episode 151 with debut novelist Ericka Waller here to talk about her book Dog Days, overcoming adversity and rejection...

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What Is An Analogy and How Do I Write One?Do you want to know more about analogies? In this post, we ask and answer the questions: 'What is an analogy?

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Good Leaders Set Their Company's LanguageStructure, action, and communication guidelines to help leaders achieve team success.

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3 Smart Email List Building Tips for AuthorsAfraid there's too much competition for the attention of your potential readers in the crowded social media space?

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WRITER 389: Meet Alison Lester, author of the classic novel, 'The Quicksand Pony'.Discover what UX writing is and how to prepare for an interview. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Tour' by Andrew Mackie to give away.

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Recent Reads #280:00 - Intro 0:55 - Daddy by Emma Cline : / Resource Guide: in the World : SHORT FICTION I Will Never Tell You This - The Puritan: - Minola Review: - The Fiddlehead : - PRISM international : - video reading: and Jane in the Garden of Eden - The Puritan: Me Under Till I See the Light - The New Quarterly: Animal - Room: WRITING TIPS: VLOGS: CHATS...

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Story Ideas: Romance Brainstorming in 8 Easy StepsStory ideas romance authors return to again and again have several common features. Read 8 easy steps for brainstorming a great love story.

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Write for today's readersWe are all blessed to have access to the work of hundreds of years worth of authors since the inventing of the printing press.

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How to Show Hidden Emotion and SubtextEverybody lies. You do. I do.And our characters certainly do, too. It doesnt make us evil, callous, or bad and its a defense mechanism.

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Write or Die: Is This the Tool That Finally Conquers Your Procrastination?A lot of writers struggle with procrastination during their writing sessions. The Write or Die app may be the answer to keeping you focused.

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Motivation: My theme for the Walden Writing Center Blog and life in general in 20212020 was... a year. One way to illustrate the kind of year it was: I'm introducing myself and the yearly blog theme for 2021 in March.

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Still Crazy After All These YearsWe are thrilled to bring back longtime contributor Lisa Cron for a guest post today!

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S3 E15: Book Twitter Manual: Handbook for MortalsKat and Claribel discuss the Book Twitter scandal that happened around the book HANDBOOK FOR MORTALS the NYT Bestseller's List in 2017 - Handbook for Mortals author fires back after publishing fiasco - An Anniversary of a Scandal: One Year After Lani Sarem - Jenny Trout Recaps of HANDBOOK: - Follow Claribel Ortega online: - - - - - Check out.

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How to embrace risk when you're a writerI scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about how to embrace risk...

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Ep. 538: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The King ArcAlthough the plot in a King Arc can be absolutely epic, it is a fundamentally spiritual arc - more so than any that have preceded it.

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How to Face Down Writer FearFear is probably the #1 factor preventing writers from seeing success in their careers. I’ve had many writers tell me they’re afraid of failing, afraid of rejection, afraid of bad reviews, afraid people will laugh at them, afraid readers will hate their book, afraid people will judge them or tell them they are selfishly wasting their...

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5 Dialogue Quick Tips for Page-Turning FictionEditing a manuscript can be a daunting task, but it becomes easier when using time-tested dialogue suggestions.

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10 Awesome Young Female Characters Recommended By My KidWriting a young character in your screenplay or novel? Then do your research and ask some young people what characters they like!

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EP034: Archive RerunIn this week's episode from the BXP Archives... John Yorke is one of the world's leading lights in the art of storytelling.

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Warrior Of The Blank Page. Writing, Marketing And Mindset With Steven PressfieldHow can you write through self-doubt? How can you break through Resistance to write and market your work?

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Networking in Publishing with Justine SolomonsJustine Solomons is founder of Byte the Book, an organisation dedicated to getting authors published, traditionally or self-published.

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Survey: 80% of Freelance Writers are Concerned about The PRO Act Affecting Their Ability to WorkWe surveyed current US freelancers to get their thoughts.

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7 Things You Can Do With Dialogue In A StoryDialogue forces the writer to make the characters interact. When characters interact you create events and scenarios that bring them closer or further away from achieving their story goal.

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Short Stories: How to Share ThemDo you have a short story you're fond of, yet you're unsure how to use it?

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16.10: Paying it Forward, with Kevin J. AndersonYour Hosts: Mary Robinette, Dan, Amal, and Howard, with special guest Kevin J. Anderson Kevin J. Anderson joins us to talk about how others have helped us in our careers, and how we might continue that tradition and help others.

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Beast your Amazon bio and sell more books by Penny SansevieriYour Amazon bio is more important than you think. Have you updated it recently? Penny Sansevieri tells us how to maximize its power.

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Print Books for March 2021Got a print book available for fifteen bucks or less? List it here! #PrintBookBargains #GiftIdeas.

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Amelia Wins Flash Fiction Popular VoteAmelia is the Readers' Choice in this week's Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today.

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LinkedIn Marketplaces: 4 Updates on a New Platform for WritersHave you heard of LinkedIn Marketplaces? There's a lot of buzz surrounding a platform in the works that could help you book more assignments.

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The Top 10 Writing Posts From February 2021In this post, we share the top 10 writing posts from February 2021.

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3 Best Worldbuilding Apps For Your RPG or Fantasy NovelWhether you're planning to become the next Tolkien or create the next great tabletop RPG, you need the perfect world-building app.

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March Live WebinarsIt seems like each month is somehow both flying by and also taking forever. But a new month also means a new webinar schedule!

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Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: DreamsCan you write a story in 250 words? #flashfiction #amwriting #contest #writingprompt.

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Congrats on Finishing Your Quarantine NovelWarning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody.

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Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Guard and PrisonerSuccessful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so its important to craft them carefully.

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Top 6 Writing Tips for EntrepreneursGood writing helps you make a great first impression. Use our writing tips for entrepreneurs to make your writing shine.

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Diving into my new thriller draftThis vlog is too long but hey there is actual writing in it. I'm on deadline for my next thriller - watch me plan!

Alexa Donne Shared .

How I Write Multiple Projects + Writing in the PandemicGetting overwhelmed while trying to answer the question 'how do you not get petitions, donations, and resources : / Resource Guide: in the World : SHORT FICTION I Will Never Tell You This - The Puritan: - Minola Review: - The Fiddlehead : - PRISM international : - video reading: and Jane in the Garden of Eden - The Puritan: Me Under Till I See...

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Horton hears a huh?Your weekly culture war freakout is brought to you by Dr. Seuss. After the Seuss Estate announced that they would let six of his titles with racist caricatures go out of print, quite a few people seemingly lost their freaking minds and opted to stick it to the Seuss Estate by& uh& buying lots of Dr. Seuss books, which quickly shot up bestseller...

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UX Writing: A Guide for Aspiring User Experience WritersUX writing, or user experience writing, is a relatively new discipline that's growing fast. From young tech startups hiring their first UX writer to legacy software companies expanding their teams, there's an increasing need to hire skilled writers to craft content for software and apps.

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Instant Sunday Times Bestseller talks writing around full-time work, starting the day, and debut dreams.It's been one of the biggest releases of 2021, and shot her straight onto the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

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Shifting Gears in Your WritingWhat does it mean to shift writing gears? Why would you do it? James Preston offers examples of writers who cross genres successfully.

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