7 Steps to a Powerful Memoir

7 Steps to a Powerful Memoir

It took Joe Bunting five years, thousands of hours, and gallons of sweat and tears to learn how to take his so-so memoir and turn it into an objectively good book. Thankfully, he's distilling all he learned into this article for your enjoyment.

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Two Words to Ignite Your Creativity

Two Words to Ignite Your Creativity

Prompts are an effective way of getting a writer’s creative juices flowing—but not all prompts are created equal. There’s a totally unique, top-notch prompt out there itching to be discovered: it’s two words long and is guaranteed to lead to a unique story. The Two-Noun Prompt method is one of the most powerful inspiration tools a writer can use. Learn about it here.

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My NaNoWriMo Game Plan

My NaNoWriMo Game Plan

If you're taking on NaNoWriMo, you're probably doing something else full-time. Here's a game plan to help you complete the challenge.

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4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

***Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?*** It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year. If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

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What Does the Old Rule “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Mean, Anyway?

What Does the Old Rule “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Mean, Anyway?

You’ve heard it before, most likely from a teacher, an editor, or your agent. But Anton Chekhov said it most eloquently: *Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.* It may seem apparent when Chekhov says it, but sometimes it’s hard to put that advice into practice. There are times when your reader needs to be “told” because brevity is called for. On the other hand, no one wants to read your brain dump on every little matter.

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How to Be Your Own Publicist

How to Be Your Own Publicist

A good publicist can make or break your book – but they can also be very expensive! If you're strapped for cash, don't worry! With a little bit of work and a lot of confidence in yourself, you can be your own publicist.

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8 Social Media Tips for Authors

8 Social Media Tips for Authors

Building a social media presence from scratch, especially if you’ve never invested in anything like that before, can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! In this article, we’ll help you go from zero to social media hero without breaking a sweat – or the bank.

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The Smart Way to Spend Your Shoestring Budget

The Smart Way to Spend Your Shoestring Budget

Say you’ve only got a small amount of money (for example, $250) to spend on marketing your book. What should you spend it on? How can you use those resources most effectively? Here are our recommendations for what to purchase.

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Learn to Choose the Right Words Every Time

Learn to Choose the Right Words Every Time

When you approach revision, ask yourself the following questions: Am I repeating myself anywhere? Am I using clichés? Am I relying on telling too much, or could I use another detail or two? Is this word/phrase/sentence necessary? How can I say more with less? In this article, Stacia Fleegal helps us learn to choose the right words, every time.

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Building a World Within a World: Worldbuilding and Historical Fiction

Building a World Within a World: Worldbuilding and Historical Fiction

Good stories require an immersive world to plunge readers into. If you're writing historical fiction, you'll need to pay attention to historical accuracy to ground your characters' relationships, motivations, and conflicts. In this article, author Caroline Jackson shows us how.

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The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

Powerful magic is fun in theory, but it can ruin the logic of your plot. Kyle A. Massa covers one of the most infamous examples of this issue and the lessons authors can learn from it.

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How to Edit Your Your Manuscript

How to Edit Your Your Manuscript

You wrote a novel! Well done. Reaching the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month is an impressive feat. What's next? The technical writing edit.

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World-building: What You Need to Know

World-building: What You Need to Know

If you write science fiction or fantasy, your readers expect to drop into a new world. But regardless of what type of fiction you write, you'll need to build a believable society for your story. We take a look at how.

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Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

You’ve survived yet another NaNoWriMo. Congratulations! You’ve just written a book in 30 days. Now what? Kathy Edens tackles this question.

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How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

Write first. Proofread in December. It’s all about getting the words down on the page (or the computer screen). We published an article a couple of months ago about [ilys]( https://prowritingaid.com/art/375/Where-We-Write-%E2%80%A6-ilys.aspx ), an online platform that only allows you to see the last letter you typed on the screen. You can’t go back and edit—you can only keep typing until you’ve hit your word goal for the day. While this platform may take the “just write, don’t edit” rule further than many writers are comfortable with, the idea remains the same whether you are writing in word, Scrivener or with a quill and ink. Just write.

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