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In Defense of the Semicolon If you’ve taken a creative writing class, read a how-to book on writing or been scolded by an editor, you’ve been told that semicolons do not belong in fiction writing. Perhaps a red pen has crossed through your semicolon, replacing it with a period and a capital letter, or maybe you’ve been told to rewrite and add a conjunction, instead....

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So, you’ve queried an agent or publisher with your manuscript and have been rejected. Unfortunately, they’ve provided little in the way of feedback about what you are doing wrong. What’s worse, the rejection came in the form of a canned letter. It can get a quite discouraging. After all, it’s not too much to ask for a reason for your rejection and little bit of...

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Quick Tip: Stop Self-Editing While Writing I’ll be blunt: Stop self-editing; it bites. Self-editing isn’t a bad thing—until after your body of work is finished, that is. Oftentimes it slows your writing process down to a snail’s pace with indecision, self-doubt, and poor execution. I have given this advice to many of my authors when they are pushed up against a deadline and need to...

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The Five Ws of Writing   I’m sure many of you have already heard of the five Ws of writing (sometimes called the five Ws and one H): who, what, why, where, when, and how. These little words can be applied to a variety of tasks and professions from law enforcement to journalism. They come in quite handy in fiction writing as well. How many of...

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Keeping with this week’s Back to School theme, today’s Quick Tip takes us all the way back to what we learned in kindergarten. Janine’s post on the basic lessons in writing we all learn in elementary school made me think of the early lessons from kindergarten, and of course I was reminded of the often-quoted list from Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need to Know...

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In today’s article, we’ve provided you with 12 tips to help Americanize your dialogue. Nothing creates a disharmonious chord in your book faster than characters who are purported to be from one place speaking and thinking as though they are from another. American characters who sound British or Australian stand out in a bad way. Use these tips to add authentic flavor to your characters....

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Networking sucks. Who wants to network? Author’s do, that’s who. Networking your book or your brand can help your book go from the bottom of the totem pole to the top. What author really loves networking, though? You would be hard-pressed to find any author who will cheerlead schmoozing as their favorite part of promotion. Although, if you want your book to gain the much...

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Today’s quick tip is about the three things you should do to lay the foundation for your career as an author.  So you’ve decided to write a book. You’ve invested countless hours in developing your talent. But there is something you need to do before you publish or query or even begin to write. So, first things first… 1. Create your identity It is important...

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How to Revise Mundane Content Today’s quick tip is a lesson in how to revise a scene that is overwhelmed with mundane content. Mundane content is a type of dull filler. It can be anything from boring scenes of everyday life to extraneous detail to humdrum descriptions. Mundane content acts a type camouflage, and it masks what’s really important in your book. It can hamper...

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During the revision process of novel writing, you can quickly eliminate overused words and phrases once you know what some of these redundancies are. Please don’t feel ashamed if it has never occurred to you these words are unnecessary or overused; they plague the best of writers. The quick tip today is training the eye to recognize them so your work flows, it reads smoothly,...

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