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Balancing Writing with a Day Job

College students across all majors have a mantra: "You have enough time for great grades, a social life, or sleep; pick two." Most first-time writers start out with a day job and write on the side with the hope of eventually turning a hobby into a full-blown career. My day job is currently a design… Continue reading Balancing Writing with a Day Job

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6 Words That Bog Down Your Manuscript

1. Obviously The words obviously and clearly used in narration break the rule of "Show, Don't Tell" and can come off as redundant. I've seen this done in everything from Harry Potter to Twilight to my personal hero, Diana Wynne Jones. Here are a few examples of what this looks like: He picked up the coat and obviously meant to go… Continue reading 6 Words That Bog Down Your Manuscript

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How to Use Marketing 101 to Write Great Characters

Most writers don't think about marketing unless it's about how to sell your book, and even then they associate it with social media and getting the word out. But the crux of marketing delves into psychology and why we make the decisions we do. Writers can use marketing principles surrounding motivation, needs, and wants to… Continue reading How to Use Marketing 101 to Write Great Characters

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What To Do When You Have Writer’s Block

Sometimes you sit down and you just. Can't. Write. Maybe you've got ideas in your head, but for some reason you can't figure out how to put those into words. Or maybe those ideas aren't coming at all. Either way, writer's block can be a very annoying obstacle to finishing a draft or manuscript. Here… Continue reading What To Do When You Have Writer’s Block

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How many agents should you query at once? And other questions

I just sent out my very first queries this past week! Through research and my (admittedly limited) experience, here are a few tips I picked up along the way. 1. How do I know my query letter is bullet-proof? My first draft of my query had grammar mistakes and was unclear to follow. Have people… Continue reading How many agents should you query at once? And other questions

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5 Signs of a Well-Written Character

1. They're motivated. "Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water." Kurt Vonnegut said it best—the key to writing someone compelling is giving them a motivation that drives their actions and reactions. Motivations can be large-scale and grand, like the Lannisters' quest for power, or simple and elegant, like… Continue reading 5 Signs of a Well-Written Character