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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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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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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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Creating a book cover  is something many authors put on the back burner until after the book is written. The reasoning for this seems sound. I’ll have a clearer picture of the book when it’s done. The cover will reveal itself to me as I write. Do one thing at a time… write first. I must write the story before I start on cover design....

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