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James S. Murray And Darren Wearmouth: Five Things We Learned Writing Don't MoveMegan Forrester has barely survived the unthinkable. Six months ago, she witnessed a horrific accident that killed her husband and son, and lives with the guilt of knowing she could have done more to save them.

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EBook Deals October 22-2899cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

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7 Ways to Make Early Morning Writing a RealityI'm so pleased to introduce you to first-time guest, Keivon Liburd! Keivon is an author, children’s pastor, and educator in Austin, Texas.

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The figurative language of Stefan HertmansI like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors from Stefan Hertmans....

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The Best Resource for Planning Your NaNoWriMo NovelCan you believe it? Were less than 10 days from the biggest, craziest, event in Writerville: National Novel Writing Month.

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Self-PublishingIn this post, we continue our series on self-publishing as an option for authors. This is part 4, with the fourth video on self-publishing.

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4 Lies That Are Keeping You From Writing a Book80% of people believe there's a book inside them. Almost none of them actually write it, though.

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Which "Face" 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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Can We Be a Pod? Writing an EnsembleThis past weekend, I had a pandemic-proper dinner on my screened-in porch with four good friends.

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The Recurring Moment in StorytellingJill here. I took a screenwriting workshop a few weeks back and learned something new and fascinating.

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What does the word 'aureate' 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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Fiction Tip: Dead and Undead DarlingsBarbara Linn Probst offers tricks for "killing your darlings," and for breathing new life into those edited phrases.

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Top 5 Mistakes Mystery Writers MakeWriting a mystery novel or screenplay? Then make sure you don't drop any of these epic clangers in your story!

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Get Paid to Write: 23 Fresh Health and Wellness Markets to PitchPitch these fresh 23 markets to connect with prospects and land more freelance work.

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Billy Collins's 6 Pleasures Of PoetryDo you want to capture your reader's attention? In this post, we explain how Billy Collins’s 6 pleasures of poetry will help you become a better writer in any genre.

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Don't Mess with Mama NatureAnd, as always, pay attention to all of your senses. Right now, the idiosyncrasies of life in the front yard involve not only the colors that draw crowds of leaf peepers. Autumn is also there in the distant cry of large flocks of geese, so high up they are only a V-shaped line of noisy dots. It’s in the occasional crackle as a...

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Writing Your First Novel: 8 Strategies for Creating Great FictionWriting a novel is a challenge, but these tweaks to your craft and routine may just be the trick.

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What You Can Learn from Rhetorical Questions in Your ManuscriptIt is such an easy thing to do. Once you become aware of author intrusion and what that looks like in limited third person, first person, or deep POV, the easy workaround becomes a rhetorical question.

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PubCoach top 10: October 2020Reading time: About 6 minutes. Here are my 10 favourite articles or posts from last month, focusing on the most useful, helpful and healthful pieces for writers.

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50 Verbs That Will Strengthen Your Writing ImmediatelyRemember that you can use the original verb most of the time, but it is good to show when a character is doing something in a specific way.

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How to Write a Business Proposal for Your Start-UpA good business proposal can help you secure new clients. Follow this format to write a business proposal that impresses potential clients.

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Find Your Voice by Imitating Other WritersHow stealing can provide inspiration for you to develop your own unique writer's voice quickly.

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Free events, webinars, workshops and courses for writersProWritingAid is arranging a variety of free online training for writers during their isolation. With live webinars and workshops being added all the time, here are all the ways you can learn with ProWritingAid each month.

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3 Ways to Create Romantic Tension in Your Love StoriesOne of the most thrilling parts of a love story is the romantic tension. Try these three strategies to build the tension—and the love.

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Your writing mattersNearly every author I work with asks me a variation of the same question. Is this any good?

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How to Write a Query Letter: 10 Easy StepsKnowing how to write a query letter that stands you a strong change of a manuscript request will help in the publishing process.

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How to Start a Story: My Simple Guide as a Bestselling NovelistAcquisitions editors and agents can reject some manuscripts within the first two pages. If they aren't hooked immediately, they move on.

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"You can't just threaten us with some singsongy thing"If you’re someone who enjoys reading or watching fiction around the artistic life, allow me to recommend the quirky Canadian movie, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows.

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How to Get a Literary Agent to Represent You and Your BookHow to Find a Literary Agent: A Comprehensive Guide for Aspiring Authors.

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How to fact-check your own writingI scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about how to fact check your own writing....

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A Few of My Favorite Author Marketing ToolsConsidering the year that you’ve come through, my how to, practical, and have a little fun side is colliding and wanting to come out all at once.

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Compassion Fatigue: Is it Relevant for Your Characters?Becca Puglisi, co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus, explores Compassion Fatigue as an element to shape your characters.

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10 Quick Tips About Writing TV From Gina FattoreGina Fattore has written for classic shows like Dawson's Creek, Masters of Sex, Californication and Gilmore Girls.

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Stephen Stiles Wins Flash Fiction ChallengeStephen Stiles 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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The Essential SEO Writing GuideIf you write for a blog, you need to know about SEO. In this post, about Search Engine Optimisation, we share 11 SEO writing tips.

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The Irresistible Novel by Jeff Gerke: A Book ReviewDon't miss this book review of "The Irresistible Novel: How to Craft an Extraordinary Story That Engages Readers from Start to Finish" - add it to your TBR list!

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How to Write a Winning Interview Follow-Up EmailThe process of getting a job—finding the right position, crafting a resume and cover letter, applying, interviewing—is daunting for most people, and it's no less daunting during our current pandemic.

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The NaNoWriMo Mindset: 15 Steps to Success15 tips to approach NaNoWriMo like a pro in 2020.

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Know My Name: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Read about HopeChanel Miller's memoir is a once-in-a-lifetime read that delivers hope to the hopeless.

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Surviving—and Thriving—In The Brave New World Of PublishingBy Paul Dinas Once upon a time Publishing used to be a leisurely enterprise. Authors could submit their work directly to the “slush” pile.

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How to Pitch and Win Freelance Writing Clients Without a BullhornFYI...You don't need a bullhorn. Here's how introvert writers win...

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National Novel Writing Month Survival GuideHere's a guide to surviving and thriving during NaNoWriMo.

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10 Ways to Make Teaching Grammar FunTeaching grammar shouldn't be boring. Get your students buzzing with these 10 easy classroom activity ideas you'll love using.

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How Many Drafts of Your Book Should You Go Through?How long should you spend on each draft? Find out in this article.

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Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction ChallengeCan you write a story in 250 words? #flashfiction #amwriting #contest #writingprompt.

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The Hack's Guide to Chairs for WritersWarning: 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: Friends with BenefitsDynamics of an Unhealthy Relationship: Rules not being followed. Showing up unexpectedly. Demanding to know what the other is doing when not together Displaying jealousy, control issues, and possessiveness Emotional volatility and drama due to one person wanting more than the other is willing to give A partner's request for distance not being...

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Master the First Ten Pages of Your ScriptTips for screenwriters to make the first ten pages of their script draw in an audience.

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Your Ultimate Guide to ProWritingAidProWritingAid is the most comprehensive editing tool out there. With over 20 writing reports, ProWritingAid goes way beyond grammar.

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October Live WebinarsNext week, we're excited to host two live student webinars. "Welcome to the Writing Center" is a great webinar for you if you're new to Walden, haven't used the Writing Center much yet, or would like some guidance on what resources are most helpful depending on the time you have and your learning style.

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Setting of a Story: What Is It? And How to Write ItThe best story settings come to vivid life in their readers' minds.

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How to Communicate Without WordsBut there is something interesting about this phenomenon that applies to fiction writing-namely, while we toil over the perfect word choice to create the right mood and to elicit the intended emotions, those little flicks and curls are sitting there, waiting to do their own heavy lifting.

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The 5 Fears That Spook Most WritersJenny Hansen talks about the five fears that stalk almost every writer.

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How do you protect your sleep?The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question?

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This Week in the Blogs, October 8-14, 2020So how goes it? Another great selection of articles on writing and self-publishing for you to review this weekend.

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How ProWritingAid Improves Tone in Business WritingFor business writing to be effective, it must have the proper tone. ProWritingAid ensures you use the right tone every time.

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Mike Monello and Nick Braccia: Five Things They Learned Editing Video Palace: In Search Of The Eyeless ManIn the popular podcast, Video Palace, Mark Cambria, aided by his girlfriend Tamra Wulff, investigated the origins of a series of esoteric white video tapes.

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Do I Need To Tell You To Vote? Vote. Vote!Jesus Christ on a Ferris wheel, voooooote. I mean, that's it, right? You gotta participate in our democracy.

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EBook Deals October 15-2199cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

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Flog a Pro: Would You Pay to Turn the First Page of this Bestseller?Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page.

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Critiques 4 U: Guest Editor EditionIt's time for our monthly critique contest, and the wonderful Marissa Graff is back to provide feedback for two lucky winners!

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The figurative language of Elena Ferrante&.I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes from Elena Ferrante&.

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20 Amazing Children's Book IllustratorsLooking to create the perfect children's book? Meet 20 of the best professional children's book illustrators in the industry who you can hire today.

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7 Ways to Help Your Students Set up a School NewspaperStarting a school newspaper but worried about the added workload? We share 7 ways you can make it a success.

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YouTube for Authors: How to Market Your Books on YouTube9 ways to dive into the world of book marketing on YouTube with author and YouTuber, Meg LaTorre.

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Which "Devil's Horns" 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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20 Halloween Writing Prompts for KidsBoo! October is the perfect time for some Halloween writing prompts. Get your kids into the Halloween spirit with these kid-friendly prompts.

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What Is Your Story About, Anyway? Word, Phrase, Sentence, EquationI recently volunteered to mentor an aspiring writer—part of my effort to pay back for all the help I’ve received—and began our conversation by asking what her novel was about.

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3 Ways To Shipwreck your CreativityKris Maze offers three lessons gleaned from two siblings' 3000-mile journey across the Atlantic. These lessons can help jumpstart your own creative journey.

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WINTER comes to Go Teen WritersMy fourth published novel, WINTER, WHITE AND WICKED, released this week, friends!

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60+ Ways to Replace "That": A Word List for WritersIf "that" is a word that plagues your WIP, I'm here to tell you that there are methods that you can use to cure that plague.

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What does the word "afflatus" 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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The Geeky Science-Fiction Method to Get Freelance Writing GigsCheck out this writer's method to connect with prospects and land assignments.

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Is This What You're Feeling Right Now?I sat down to write this post and just kind of stared at the screen for a while.

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Getting Started with the ProWritingAid Chrome ExtensionLooking for an outstanding editing app that integrates with Google Chrome? Check out ProWritingAid's Google Chrome extension!

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How Writers Can Deal with DistractionsDistraction can kill a writer's productivity. With the right apps and strategies, however, you can take control of your day - and your writing.

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How ProWritingAid Can Help You Communicate Clearly and ConciselyIn order to succeed in any profession, you need to communicate clearly and connect with your audience.

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Build Your Logline: Preparing for Our Live Loglines LabLearn how to build a logline with Story Development Consultant, Jeff Lyons.

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5 Euphemisms to Cut From Your WritingMost euphemisms are useless and debilitate your effort to connect with readers. To become a stronger writer, cut these five euphemisms.

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3 Unusual Writing Tips From Quentin TarantinoIt can help when writing to follow the masters' processes... and you can do a lot worse than emulating Quentin Tarantino.

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Ground Your Characters with All Five SensesWhen I’m writing—these articles, for example—I often compose a kind of first draft in my head, and I usually do it when I’m out on a long walk with the dog.

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Asking the Right Questions with Character InterviewsThank you so much to the team at Writers Helping Writers for asking me to be part of the Resident Writing Coaches program.

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Do you need a literary executor?Has it ever cross your mind that you might need a literary executor? Here are some thoughts all writers should consider...

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The Definitive Plain Language Writing GuideThis comprehensive plain language writing guide includes a definition, when to use it, tips for using it, and 10 examples of how to write in plain language.

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Why We're Sponsoring SelfPubConRegister for your FREE ticket to this top self-publishing conference.

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How to Create Great Writing Habits In a MonthHundreds of thousands of seasoned and first-time writers will try to win NaNoWriMo this year.

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Adjectives for Description: 60 Precise WordsUsing precise adjectives for description will elevate the quality of your writing and help readers see and know your world.

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How to Sell Short Stories for Money and Have More Fun Doing ItThese seven strategies will help you get published—and most importantly, keep writing.

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Try A Little TendernessLast week, a woman who is renowned for being the kindest and gentlest person in my church came in to the office to drop something off.

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The 5 Key Elements for Great FictionLori Freeland shares examples of how writers can paint word pictures and wow readers by layering their stories with the five key elements for great fiction.

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5 Nonfiction Writing Techniques That Will Captivate ReadersNonfiction writing doesn't have to be boring or stale. When you're trying to learn how to write nonfiction, apply these fiction techniques.

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How to Get a Book Deal in 2020: 6 Steps for SuccessWe've worked with hundreds of first-time authors, and we're here to break down the process for you.

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Do you have enough to do?This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers.

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Do This, Not That a€“ Tis the Season? Launching Your Book During the HolidaysGo to print as soon as your book is ready? A word of caution: Publishing a book at the end of the year may hurt you more than help you.

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Why Things Haven't Been Working Out For Your WritingWriting not working out for you the way you wanted? You're not alone. Here's B2W's top tips to overcome the main 3 hurdles writers face.

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The 5 Pillars Of ThrillersAre you trying to write a thriller? In this post, we look at how the five pillars of thrillers can improve your story.

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Editing Your Manuscript After NaNoWriMoYou wrote a novel during NaNoWriMo! Well done. What's next? Lisa Lepki examines.

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Sign up for writing tips and techniques from ProWritingAidLisa Lepki is ProWritingAid's Head of Marketing and the Editor of the ProWritingAid blog. A word nerd, she loves the technical elements of writing almost as much as the writing itself.

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The Best MasterClasses for WritersWe recently reviewed the MasterClass' courses to find the best masterclasses for writers. Here are our nine favorites.

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Lizzy Loomis Wins Flash Fiction ChallengeLizzy Loomis 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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Use a Character's Career to Support Your Story's ThemeYou may not be able to say exactly why they work, and as a reader, you probably don't care; you just like the feeling of rightness that settles in as you read.

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4 Bean-Counter Tips to Calculate a Daily Freelance RateHow much should you charge for that writing project? Before you throw out a number, you need to know your daily freelance rate.

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

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Introducing and The Relationship Thesaurus!Human beings are social creatures. We're made to be with others, meaning, our lives are built on a series of interwoven relationships.

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Keri-Rae Barnum Joins The Book Designer as a Contributing WriterYou may remember Keri from her previous posts here on The Book Designer:Book Promotion.

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Vivid Verbs: Where to Find ThemWant to use more vivid verbs in your work? Here's how to do it!

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What does it mean when a book gets optioned?This week! Books! Its book award season, and congrats to American poet Louise Glück for winning the Nobel Prize, to this years MacArthur fellows including N.K. Jemisen and Jacqueline Woodson, to the National Book Award finalists!

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First Line Generator: 101 Sentences To Get You Started WritingSometimes, the muse speaks through creative writing prompts. And sometimes all you need is a single sentence to get you started on your next epic story.

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Writing Comics: Q&A with the Creator of BoundlessMike Salsbury talks to us about writing comics and the ideas and inspirations behind his weekly comic Boundless.

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What is the best way to paraphrase?The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question?

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Six Self-Publishing Success TipsVeteran writer John Peragine offers six tips for self-publishing success. He groups them into the acronym "WRITER." These tips are great for ANY WRITER.

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This Week in the Blogs, October 1-7, 2020The leaves are starting to change color where I live. I love this time of the year-the colors, the smells, that feeling of wrapping up in a warm sweater& What is your favorite season?

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Black Comedy-A Genre for the Moment?Given recent political events, the film The Death of Stalin has been very much in the public mind.

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How To Develop Strong Characters Children Will Relate ToAre you writing children's books? In this post, we tell you how to develop strong characters children will relate to in your stories.

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How to Succeed In NaNoWriMo Whether You're a Planner of Pants-erFamous planners and pants-ers to inspire you this NaNoWriMo.

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A Complete Guide To AntecedentsWhat are antecedents, and am I using them correctly in my writing? Find out all about antecedents and pronoun-antecedent agreement.

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Try to be precise about what motivates your characterIf 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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Ginger Software Review 2020Will Ginger help you fix typos and improve your writing? Check out our Ginger software review to find out whether this grammar checker is right for you.

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Can You Start A Sentence with And or Other Conjunctions?"Strange. You weren't aware starting sentences with conjunctions was verboten. Even your English teacher did it."

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Lisbeth Campbell: Five Things I Learned Writing The Vanished QueenWhen a country is held in thrall to a vicious, despotic king, it's up to one woman to take him down.

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds Shared .

EBook Deals October 8-1499cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

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5 Ways Paragraphing Supports StoryIf the last time you thought about paragraphing was when you learned that a paragraph was comprised of a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a conclusion, listen up: that staid structure will not have the power to draw readers into your fiction.

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

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Which "The Hotel" Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?Vote for this week's #flashfiction champion. #contest #amwriting.

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NaNoWriMo: The Ultimate GuideOur best articles to help you get through NaNoWriMo, all in one place.

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How to Avoid Dumbed-Down Writing and Still Communicate ClearlyTips to clarify text when writing about complex issues. How to remain smart without losing meaning.

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20 LGBT Publishers Flying the Rainbow Flag with Pride20 of the best LGBT publishers, all devoted to the publication of queer literature, or actively seeking new voices from the LGBTQ+ community!

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More Books For The Book Gods: Wayward, The Orchard, And MoreSo, I officially teased the second Wanderers novel - a sequel - back when I dropped the fresh TV news about it, and now it's time to talk about the deal that got us there.

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How to Write a Novel That Readers Can't Put DownIf readers can predict your ending—or don't care—they'll put your book down.

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Timeless EndingsSo, what actually happens in the endings in our quiz?  Don Quixote, you may remember, was driven nuts by reading chivalric romances. In the end he recovers his sanity and apologies to all whom he hurt. Oliver Twist—trick question, sorry—is not reunited with his birth mother. She’s dead. He is instead adopted by kindly Mr.

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How To Capture and Organize Story Ideas Using Google FormsI've been a writer for as long as I can remember, and I've tried many, many methods for capturing my story ideas.

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Has the Coronavirus Changed NaNoWriMo?Jenny Hansen talks about the changes to the NaNoWriMo site, the challenges of writing during a pandemic, and how to set yourself up for NaNo success.

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What does 'brachiated' 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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60+ Ways to Replace the Adverb "Just": A Word List for WritersAre you just astounded by the number of repetitions of the adverb "just" in your WIP?

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Freelance Work: 5 Reasons Writers Must Embrace RejectionFeeling defeated after more freelance work rejection? It's time to change the way you think about that.

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How to Use ProWritingAid in Google DocsThe ProWritingAid Google Docs Add-on allows you to edit with ProWritingAid within Google Docs, no copying or uploading required.

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Finding the Right Self-Publishing ServicesAn indie author tells you how to choose the right self-publishing service for you and your work.

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Why Where You Write MattersHow to create the best physical, mental and social writing environment for NaNoWriMo.

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Is Upwork Legit? It Worked For This Six-Figure Freelance WriterA lot of writers hate Upwork, but this freelance writer earned six figures finding work on the global freelancing platform.

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9 Top Tips To Become An Organised WriterWant to get organised as a writer? Great news, here's 9 top tips to help get you there and ensure you never miss a deadline.

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8 Types of Characters to Include in Your StoryWhy do we remember characters like Huckleberry Finn, Oliver Twist, Frodo Baggins, and Harry Potter years after we meet them?

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The Edge of Now, and Its Gift for WritersRecently, a friend posted a note on social media: Tell me something good about 2020.

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Writing Prompts BooksWhat writer wouldn't love a writing prompts book? If you're reading this article, you'd probably like to know more about the options available and why you should consider any of them.

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Why we all need to add more play to our livesAre you doing enough stuff that is purposeless, fun and pleasurable? If not, perhaps you need to add more play to your life...

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10 Essential Tips For Eliminating Distractions From Your WritingDistractions are everywhere. Distractions can keep us from concentrating on the task at hand, and eliminating distractions from what you do for a living is just part of the job.

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7 Great Apps for Small Business OwnersSmall business apps help you stay organized and improve your productivity. Start using these 7 apps and manage your business better.

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How to use ProWritingAid's Echoes ReportHow to edit out close repeats of words and phrases using ProWritingAid's Echoes Report.

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Short Story Structure: Shaping Successful StoriesShort story structure provides a fantastic practice ground for mastering storytelling you can apply to novels and longer works.

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How to format a manuscriptProper formatting is by far the easiest thing you can do to make your book project appear as professional as possible to literary agents and the various professionals you will work with throughout the publication process.

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How to Write Lore That Will Deepen Your Fantasy WorldYou've built your fantasy world. How do you immerse readers in it? The key is in the lore.

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Blackout PoetryWhat on earth is blackout poetry? And how can it stoke the creative fire within you?

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Get Paid to Write: 14 Great Grants for WritersThese organizations want to support you with writers grants. Really! Here's how to apply.

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One Way to Make Everything BetterThere are no easy answers in writing and publishing, right? When I went through some of the biggest changes in my writing career - for example, getting an agent, or inking my first publishing deal - I thought, "Oh good, now everything's different." Surprise!

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The Timeless Writing Struggle: Ego vs. HumilityKaren Debonis examines the long road to "The End," showcasing how often writing is a battle between ego and humility.

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Happy 5th Birthday, One Stop for Writers! ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERSIt's time to put a powerful writing tool in your creative kit: One Stop for Writers.

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Grammar myths you can ignoreI scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about grammar myths...

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4 Ways to Bring Out Theme in Your StoryTheme is such an important element of story, regardless of medium. Even visual arts, such as paintings or sculture, tell a story and often center on some theme.

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Open, Click, Buy  How to Sell Anything via Your NewsletterEveryone tells you that newsletters are a great way to sell stuff. In the marketing industry, it’s called direct marketing, and it has many advocates because this really is an effective way to sell just about anything.

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1 Thing That Will Make All The Difference To Your WritingIf you need to get productive and finally get your writing finished, here's B2W's top tip that made all the difference.

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The Top 10 Writing Posts From September 2020In this post, we share the top 10 writing posts from September 2020.

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How to use ProWritingAid's Pacing CheckProWritingAid's pacing check helps you make sure you're balancing backstory with action.

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How to use ProWritingAid's Pronoun CheckProWritingAid's Pronoun Check helps you find those areas in your text that would benefit from a reduction in pronouns.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How to Get Rid of Repeats in Your ManuscriptFind out how to fix repeated words and phrases in your text with ProWritingAid's All Repeats Report.

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How To Write, Market, And Be Mentally Healthy by @BadRedheadMediaPart of living in the now, right now, is being on all the time. Constant notifications about news, meetings, phone calls, texts, emails, gaming , and of course, social media.

Anne R. Allen's Blog Shared .

Mr. Pish's Print Book PartyGot a print book available for fifteen bucks or less? List it here! #PrintBookBargains #GiftIdeas.

Indies Unlimited Shared .

Writing-Job Ads: A Pro's Time-Stamp Trick to Earn $1 Per WordEver wonder how to get well-paying freelance work from writing-job ads? Use this freelancer's strategy to get $1/word assignments.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

Realtime Grammar and Style Editing for Web and DesktopYou’ll get immediate feedback on your work as you type. The report highlights grammar, style, and spelling issues in blue, yellow, and red respectively.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Strong Verbs ListWhy should it matter so much whether your verbs are strong or weak? And how do you even know if you're using weak verbs?

Authority Self-Publishing Shared .

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

Indies Unlimited Shared .

How to Get Rid of Writer's EnvyIt's easy to have envy for someone else's success. But success also means sacrifice that you probably don't see.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How to Use ProWritingAid's Acronym ReportProWritingAid: A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Book links for a slow news dayThis week! Books! I know youre probably bored today because so little is happening in the world and youre looking for some links to click on.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

Sharda Mishra Wins Flash Fiction Challenge Popular VoteSharda Mishra 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 .

The Writer's Handy List Of 111 Negative Adjectives To Describe A PersonYour antagonist is such a jerk! You just know your readers will classify this person as one of the worst fictional people ever created.

Authority Self-Publishing Shared .

23 Best Things To Write AboutYou're sitting at your computer making a list of things to write about for your next nonfiction book - which will be even better than the last one.

Authority Self-Publishing Shared .

And Now for Something Completely DifferentI’m a romance author. I’ve written Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction and I’ve written Urban Fantasy. But there’s a strong through-line of “happy love story” in all my work, spanning over a twenty-one year career, covering over twenty-seven novels, novellas, and serial episodes.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

7 Tips for Getting Feedback on Your WritingI'm pulling this post from the 2017 archives since we talked about finishing your manuscript earlier this week.

Go Teen Writers Shared .

How do you find your thesis statement?The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question?

Publication Coach Shared .

This Week in the Blogs, September 24-30, 2020Welcome October! We're three quarters of the way through 2020 and I'm still trying to figure out how that happened.

The Book Designer Shared .

3 comments on "Writing Craft Check-Up: Fix These 10 Common Writing Errors"Ever wonder how to improve your writing craft? Check out these 10 tips to help you write better content to move up and earn more.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

What Is Dialogue?Definitions and examples of dialogue, speech tags, and action beats, with ten tips for writing believable dialogue.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How to Choose the Correct Homonym Every TimeHow to use ProWritingAid's Homonym Report to find homonyms, homophones and homographs in your writing.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Guide the reader when you change settingsIf 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 .

How to Use Your Excuses to Get More Writing DoneIf you're making excuses about why you're not writing, try these tips to find out why and get yourself moving forward again.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

Simon Stephenson: Five Things I Learned Writing Set My Heart To FiveSet in a 2054 where humans have locked themselves out of the internet and Elon Musk has incinerated the moon, Set My Heart to Five is the hilarious yet profoundly moving story of one android's emotional awakening.

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds Shared .

EBook Deals October 1-799cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

Indies Unlimited Shared .

PR: When a client genre jumpsJohn Cunningham, my longtime client, called during the height of COVID, when many of us were either crying daily or making sourdough, to say he had dusted off an old manuscript, re-wrote much of it and was sending it to his editor.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Alix Ohlin's figurative languageI like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors from writer Alix Ohlin&.

Publication Coach Shared .

Why You Should Read Your Manuscript Out LoudHere's all the reasons why it will take your book from good to amazing.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Types of Content to Share on LinkedinSix ways you can leverage LinkedIn for content distribution. Find out which content types will work best for your business.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How to Write Better Horror StoriesDo you want to write spine-tingling horror stories? Join us on October 29th to find out how!

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

Everything You Need to Know About ProWritingAid Plagiarism ChecksHow to avoid plagiarism in your work using ProWritingAid's Plagiarism Checker.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How to Use ProWritingAid's Overused Words CheckProWritingAid's Overused Words Check flags problematic words and phrases commonly overused by writers and helps you to eliminate them.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

When To Use Whose Vs. Who'sYou're staring at the sentence, but the answer isn't coming to you. "Is it whose or who's?"

Authority Self-Publishing Shared .

5 Reasons Self-Publishers Should Crowdfund Their BooksSelf-publishing your own book isn't new, but crowdfunding it is still a mystery to new authors.

Shayla Raquel Shared .

Writing Your First Novel: How to Fix an Autobiographical NovelIt's natural to base your story on your own life and experience — and that's okay!

The Write Practice Shared .

Which "The Mall" 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 .

A Hack for Getting to the Heart of Your Story—and Staying ThereWhen my younger son was in the first grade, his teacher gave the class a writing assignment that consisted of finishing this sentence.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Are Your Side Characters Cooler Than Your Main Character?Have you ever noticed how there are many side characters who are cooler than the hero?

Go Teen Writers Shared .

What does the word 'perfidious' 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 .

Including Believable Sensory Details for Unfamiliar ExperiencesSuck readers into your story with believable sensory details. Pharmacist, Miffie Seideman, shares accurate resources to properly ID and describe drugs.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

Minimize the Obstacles to PublicationWhen you're a debut author trying to break in to traditional publishing, one of the most important things to remember is this: Minimize the obstacles.

Rachelle Gardner Shared .

Reading Like a WriterGreat writers also tend to be great readers. Reading intentionally, rewriting what you read, and analyzing structure are just a few ways you can use your reading to support your writing.

The Pro Writing Aid Blog Shared .

How to Fact-Check an Article You Wrote — Like a ProFact-checking has always been an essential part of the reporting, writing and publishing process, but with so much misinformation floating around, it's more important now than ever to submit and publish accurate information.

The Write Life Shared .

Top 10 Novel Ideas to Write a BestsellerLooking for an idea for your book? These ten novel ideas drawn from bestselling and award winning books will help you develop an idea that's uniquely yours.

The Write Practice Shared .

Missing Some Memories? I Might Have Stolen ThemRemember when you were in high school and you told your mom you were going to Susie Straightlace’s house to study but you really went to Rachel Riskwhisker’s rager where you drank so much Grape Crush and vodka you had to crawl home with one eye shut and you peeked in your living room window to see if your mom was still up and you saw...

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Writing advice from Ruth Bader GinsburgIn view of last week's death of American Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I am re-running a column I wrote in 2017 focusing on some of her writing advice&.

Publication Coach Shared .

Why Writers Should Consider NaNoWriMo in 2020 ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERSLets not mince words: 2020 has been a real crap sandwich. COVID has caused all sorts of struggles, anxiety, and challenges.

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

Make Money on Medium: Pitch These 17 Pubs That Pay WritersWant to make money on Medium as a freelance writer? Not pocket change... pro freelancer rates.

Make A Living Writing Shared .

The 4 Pillars Of RomanceAAre you trying to write a romance? In this post, we look at how the four pillars of romance can improve your story.

Writers Write Shared .

6 Creative Writing Exercises for Rich CharacterCreative writing exercises provide an excellent way to practice writing topics such as characterization. Try these 6 exercises.

Now Novel Shared .

Miscalculating your fearsIve been thinking a lot about fear lately. And specifically about fearing the wrong things.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

8 Proven Strategies to Write More and Boost Your ProductivityThese eight strategies will help you write more and finally finish your books.

The Write Practice Shared .

Writing Humor to Heal Mind and BodyHumor, the good, the bad, and the downright silly, is everywhere and in great need, especially now.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

How to Self-Publish a Children's Book: 6 Steps to a Magical LaunchCan't wait to share your children's book with the world? Use our 6-step guide on how to publish a children's book to help you get there.

Reedsy Shared .

What the Bleep Did I Write? ! Profanity in LiteraturePlease note: This post does contain profanity, so if that's not to you liking, don't read on.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

A Checklist For Finalizing Your NovelBefore I get into today's post, I want to let you all know that in the future, new posts will appear on Go Teen Writers on Wednesdays only.

Go Teen Writers Shared .

Register in Writing: Understanding Formal Register vs. Informal RegisterWe'll explain formal register vs. informal register and share examples, so you can nail the right register for whatever you're writing.

The Write Life Shared .

Here's how to deal with criticism of your writing&.I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a TED talk about how do deal with criticism of your writing...

Publication Coach Shared .

3 Ways to Counteract Self-SabotageYears ago I surveyed my mailing list and got back about 500 responses. My main question I posed was this: What is your most pressing problem when it comes to your writing?

Live Write Thrive Shared .

E-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2020This edition is for submissions during August, 2020.This month we received:40 covers in the Fiction category10 covers in the Nonfic.

The Book Designer Shared .

10 Editing Errors Writers Should Avoid At All CostsGreat writers don't always make for excellent editors, but editing is a professional skill that can be learned and improved on just like writers can learn how to write better.

Writers Write Shared .

Theodore Jerome Cohen Wins Flash Fiction ChallengeA hearty congrats to the winner of this week's Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

Indies Unlimited Shared .

Yes, Male Writers CAN Write Fantastic Female CharactersWhat if B2W told you male writers CAN write great female characters? Here's why, plus why 'own voices' writing doesn't always work out.

Bang 2 Write Shared .

8 Simple, Effective Ways to Conquer Lower Back Pain That Work For Me—And Might Help You, TooSorry about that—I truly am—but I’ve been there and I feel your pain. Not just the existential kind resulting from rejection and lousy reviews, but the physical kind that comes from hours spent hunched over a computer or notebook, plopped on a living room sofa, standing at a kitchen counter, perched over a night table, sprawled on...

Anne R. Allen's Blog Shared .

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

Indies Unlimited Shared .

How to use referrals wiselyThis week! Books! Before we get to the links, a friendly reminder to please REGISTER TO VOTE.

Nathan Bransford Shared .

Why We Didn't Hit #1 Bestseller on AmazonWhen Surviving Death launched, we had a foolproof plan to make it an Amazon bestseller.

The Write Practice Shared .

Where Do You Find Your Writing Motivation?Walden faculty members talk about where they find motivation to write in an effort to help other writers find their own motivation.

Walden University Writing Center Shared .

Am I Still a Writer ?The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off” – Gloria Steinem.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Write Another Book with Roseanna M. WhiteRoseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes.

Go Teen Writers Shared .

Historical Fiction Writing JourneysWriting historical fiction begins with a base of facts that sit atop the whisper of a story.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

Choosing between great ideas for writingThe Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question?

Publication Coach Shared .

Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #120This issue is for September, 2020. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books.

The Book Designer Shared .

LinkedIn Tips for Writers: How to Stand Out Like Orange GlassesLooking for LinkedIn tips to help you grow your network, connect with prospects, and land more freelance writing work?

Make A Living Writing Shared .

10 Ways To Be A Great Writing Group MemberAre you thinking of joining a writing group? In this post we look at what it takes to be a great writing group member.

Writers Write Shared .

5 Expert Writers Share Their Awesome Short Story TipsWant to write a short story? Then listen to Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury's writing tips.

Bang 2 Write Shared .

Focus on the storyIf 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 .

EBook Deals September 24-3099cent and #FreeKindlebooks deals today on Thrifty Thursday! Post 'em or download 'em. Enjoy 'em!

Indies Unlimited Shared .

Managing Expectations, One Book at a TimeManaging this a thing? I laugh sardonically even as I write the title. Writers, by definition, are dreamers.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Cover Reveal for Go Teen Writers: Write Your NovelThe three of us have been dreaming about writing this book for several years now, and it's hard to believe that on December 3rd we will finally get to share it with all of you!

Go Teen Writers Shared .

Meet Our Newest Resident Writing Coaches!A new season of learning is about to begin. Come meet the resident writing coaches readt to help you grow your craft and writing career!

Writers Helping Writers Shared .

The figurative language of Olaf Olafsson&.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 Olaf Olafsson&.

Publication Coach Shared .

7 Ways SEO Helps Authors Promote Books OnlineSEO is a tough concept for authors. There's no point in managing a website if no one can find it.

Shayla Raquel Shared .

Amazon International Markets ExplainedInternational book markets can be a big win for authors — if you approach them intelligently.

Book Marketing Show Shared .

Does A Comma Go Before Or After But?If this post's title brought back memories of heated arguments over the Oxford comma, no worries.

Authority Self-Publishing Shared .

Which "Tunnel" 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 .

Using Deep POV in Limited 3rd PersonDeep POV ratchets up emotional tension by pulling readers in close to the character's inner conflict.

Writers In The Storm Shared .

Crafting Titles That Hook Readers and Optimize SuccessShort story titles are important. They are the sizzle that sell your story. While novels have back cover copy and reviews to help sell them, short stories have only the title to grab a reader's attention.

Writer Unboxed Shared .

Jill's Outlining MethodsAn outline is a general plan. For a novel, that can be as simple or as in-depth as you want.

Go Teen Writers Shared .