Category Archives: The Craft of Writing

Word Power: Words To Use Instead of Good (TASTE)

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Do you ever find yourself using the word “good” to describe just about anything? Good weather, good movies, good music, good life, good this, good that…good grief but that can be repetitive. The constant re-use of particular words (especially vague ones) can call attention to itself, taking the reader right out of the narrative. It might be time-efficient to use

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Ebook Quality Assurance: The last 20% is the most important

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by Joshua Tallent You’ve done it! You finally finished the last sentence of your book. Maybe it was the novel you wrote for NANOWRIMO (my 12-year-old daughter is still working on hers), or maybe it was the non-fiction book you wrote based on 20 years in your industry. Regardless of the topic or genre, you now face the daunting task

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The Essential Proofreading Toolkit for Creative Writers

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by Gloria Kopp When writing creatively, it is important that the words flow well. But it is equally important that the words are correct. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are important parts of any written piece. You might find that if yours aren’t up to scratch, many readers or potential agents will switch off to your writing. Imagine your frustration. Your

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Take a Hike! A Writing Tool. Really.

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by Chris Mandeville Any hikers out there in writer-land? Or writers who love to go for walks? Well, hiking-slash-walking isn’t just for pleasure-slash-exercise. It can actually be a valuable writing tool. Just ask Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of more than 142 published works, most of which were written while hiking. Yes, while. He regularly plots, plans,

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Best-Selling Books That Started From NaNoWriMo

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It’s the end of week 3 of NaNoWriMo and anyone participating might be hitting a slump. But keep your chin up and your hands on the keyboard! Here are some bestselling titles that began as NaNoWriMo projects to keep you motivated through this last week. You can find these full pep-talks at the NaNoWriMo website. The Night Circus by Erin

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