How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

As writers, we often begin by imitating the work of our predecessors. How do we go from that stage to the next, when we discover our unique voices as writers? This article should get you started.

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How to Navigate the Four Stages of Book Editing: A Professional Editor's Guide

How to Navigate the Four Stages of Book Editing: A Professional Editor's Guide

Editing has four stages. Whether you're a newbie still getting into your writing journey or a seasoned author with an established writing career, you must be familiar with these stages and ready to apply them in your editing process. In this article, professional editor JoEllen Nordström explains every stage, including when you can self-edit and when it's best to leave it to the pros.

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How to Succeed As a Writer: 6 Ways to Bounce Back from Failure

How to Succeed As a Writer: 6 Ways to Bounce Back from Failure

Feel like you've reached a low point in your writing career? You're not alone. Even the most successful writers have been through hard times. With the right mindset and some forward planning, you can come out the other end not only surviving, but thriving. Here are six top tips from a writer who has been there.

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8 Great Books to Celebrate Women's History Month All Year Round

8 Great Books to Celebrate Women's History Month All Year Round

March was Women's History Month, and we discovered some incredible reads. Check out these eight great fiction and non-fiction books to enjoy all year round.

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ProWritingAid Presents: Crime Writer's Week

ProWritingAid Presents: Crime Writer's Week

Whether you're crafting a police procedural, a whodunnit, or a good old-fashioned mystery, you won't want to miss this week-long crime-writing summit.

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How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

There is a wealth of information out there about writing fiction and selling your books. How do you know which courses are worth your time and money? Check out our list of the eight best online courses for fiction writers.

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How to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to plan a thriller novel with exciting characters and tight suspense to keep your reader on the edge of their seat.

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8 Things Fanfiction Teaches Authors and Readers About Writing

8 Things Fanfiction Teaches Authors and Readers About Writing

Fanfiction might conjure images of nerdy teens and bad love stories, but it's actually a passionate world of writers. Here are eight valuable lessons we can learn from the fanfic community.

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The Top 25 Crime Novels You Should Read

The Top 25 Crime Novels You Should Read

What are the best crime novels ever written? Here's our definitive list!

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How to Outline Your Crime Novel: Modifying the Hero's Journey

How to Outline Your Crime Novel: Modifying the Hero's Journey

We look at how to modify The Hero’s Journey to outline a crime novel readers will love. Your imagination is key to developing characters and situations that make your story unique.

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Creating Crime Characters: How to Craft a Cast that Thrills Your Readers

Creating Crime Characters: How to Craft a Cast that Thrills Your Readers

Introduction to creating characters for crime fiction. Best approaches for the character tropes to engage readers in your story.

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5 Things I Learned When Launching My First Book

5 Things I Learned When Launching My First Book

Do you have a back-up plan for your book launch marketing strategy? In this article, author and book marketing expert Ricardo Fayet shares five things to consider and plan for when you're planning your book launch.

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The Pros and Cons of Taking Risks in Writing

The Pros and Cons of Taking Risks in Writing

Is your writing risky enough? Or maybe too risky? Either way, let's examine some reasons you may (or may not) want to take some risks with your work.

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Who? What? Why? Crime Novel Ideas to Spark Your Writing Imagination

Who? What? Why? Crime Novel Ideas to Spark Your Writing Imagination

Ideas for creating a unique crime novel come from asking who, what, and why questions. This list will help spark your imagination.

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7 Books by Dyslexic Authors: Find Your Author Inspiration

7 Books by Dyslexic Authors: Find Your Author Inspiration

If, like Agatha Christie, writing is your comfort, the books and authors in this list may help inspire you to also make it your career. Who knows, maybe one day you'll sell four billion books (or be required reading in high schools the world over)!

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