Category Archives: The Craft of Writing

Q&A: Tanya Anne Crosby

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On April 19, 2016 New York Times bestselling author Tanya Anne Crosby will release The Girl Who Stayed, a novel that charts a new high point in an already lofty writing career. The book will be published by the boutique publisher The Story Plant, a house with a reputation for encouraging writers to spread their literary wings. This marks a reunion between

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The Power of Editing: How the Right Editor Helped One Author Find Her Voice, and Publish Her Book

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By Natasa Lekic, NY Book Editors Advice columnist K.T. Edwards started working on her first book in 2011. She wanted to write about her own experiences being unlucky in love. While she was comfortable writing about dating, she was less comfortable writing about herself. By working with a professional editor she was able to overcome that hurdle, and turn her

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New Year’s Writing Resolutions? This S.M.A.R.T. Tool’s for You!

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By Chris Mandeville This time of year, regardless of our religious beliefs and holiday traditions, most of us spend a few moments looking back at the past year and taking stock of where we are in our lives/careers/relationships. Many of us also give some thought to what we want to accomplish in the coming year, perhaps even making a New

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How To Use Foreshadowing As A Writing Tool: Part Two

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By Terry Odell This is the second of a two part article about foreshadowing. If you missed Part One, you can find it here. With­out proper fore­shad­ow­ing, what you’ve got is a deus ex machina. A magical event that appears, implausibly, out of nowhere. In Lee Child’s Gone Tomorrow, I’m impressed by how he uses every detail. When a fellow passenger

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How To Use Foreshadowing As A Writing Tool: Part One

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By Terry Odell When you write, you’re likely to be throwing a lot of obstacles in the paths of your characters. You’ll be giving them skills to solve their problems. Whether or not your readers will believe what they’re reading depends, to a great deal, on proper foreshadowing. Without proper foreshadowing, what you’ve got is a deus ex machina. A

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