Are You Ignoring Your Best Ideas?

Are You Ignoring Your Best Ideas?

Bored by your own writing? You could be suffering from the toll of ignoring your best ideas. ‘But why on earth would I ignore an idea if it’s good?’, you’re wondering. The answer is that you probably don’t even know you’re doing it.

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Why a Fully Realized Villain is as Important as Your Protagonist

Why a Fully Realized Villain is as Important as Your Protagonist

Your antagonist can make the difference between a ho-hum novel and a break-out one. A fully realized villain is someone who shows us parts of ourselves in his or her makeup. If you can connect in some human way with the antagonist, it's going to bring up all kinds of tension for readers.

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A Letter from Roald Dahl: "Eschew All Those Beastly Adjectives."

A Letter from Roald Dahl: "Eschew All Those Beastly Adjectives."

When a student wrote to Roald Dahl in 1980 asking for help on his thesis, he received this rather curt letter in reply. We think it's wonderful.

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How to Write the ‘Other’ (Without Being a Jerk)

How to Write the ‘Other’ (Without Being a Jerk)

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How to Write Multiple Points of View

How to Write Multiple Points of View

When you’re starting a new story, determining POV is a very important choice. Writing from multiple POVs can be frustrating and confusing for readers if it’s not handled well, so you need to have a very good reason for using multiple POVs in your story. That said, here are a few tips on how to craft a story using multiple POVs:

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Putting Your Writing Through Its Paces

Putting Your Writing Through Its Paces

Pacing is a lot like the throttle on a vehicle. There are times when driving that you need to move slowly, like through a city or in a school zone. Then there are times when you need to move a lot faster, like on the freeway. And there are times when you need to just coast along at a moderate speed. The pacing in your novel is a writer’s tool to help you manage the speed and rhythm of your story. Sometimes you want fast action, just as other times, you need to slow things down and let the scene unfold. It’s up to you to know when to use pacing. A lot of your pacing decisions will be based on your genre. If you’re writing an action story, it’s pretty fast-paced with exhilarating moments of danger mixed with adventure juxtaposed with quieter moments when your characters do some heavy thinking. If you’re writing an epic that spans over generations, it might move more slowly.

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7 Ways an Editing Tool Will Make Your Funding Applications Shine

7 Ways an Editing Tool Will Make Your Funding Applications Shine

We all know that you can work for the greatest organization in the world, doing the most amazing things, but if your fundraising application is poorly written, you aren’t going to get the funds. Here are 7 ways an editing tool can improve your writing and ultimately increase your bottom line.

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When It’s Time to Swim Against the Flow of Popular Fiction

When It’s Time to Swim Against the Flow of Popular Fiction

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Attention Writers: Why You Should NOT Copy the Masters

Attention Writers: Why You Should NOT Copy the Masters

Chefs around the world don’t merely copy the recipes of other great chefs. Instead, they dissect the completed dish, looking for ways to improve it and make it their own. In the same sense, writers shouldn’t copy the masters. We’re not saying don’t learn from the masters, but rather dissect their work and see what makes it great.

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Editors Answer: What Editing Issues Fast Track Writing Submissions To The Reject Pile?

Editors Answer: What Editing Issues Fast Track Writing Submissions To The Reject Pile?

No one likes to get a writing rejection from an editor. Whether you move on and forget the experience in five minutes or dwell on it for 5 weeks, it would be nice to know WHY an editor decided not to use your article. When we asked editors what makes them send a writing submission straight to the reject pile without passing GO, they shared these key reasons.

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