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Revise It! Banish the Boring Parts of Your Story Using Genre Conventions

 Identifying and eliminating the boring parts in a story isn't a matter of following a checklist. The key to identifying those dull areas is a matter of understanding the genre conventions of your story, judicious use of beta reader and editor feedback, and creating the most intriguing narrative, voice, and characters you can.

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5 Ways to Improve a Sentence – Fiction Edition

So you get your manuscript back from beta readers, and they pick out sentences that don't sound right, but they aren't sure why. Or you're self-editing, and you want to tackle some of the sentence corrections yourself before sending your work out for a line edit. Here are five tips to improve those sentences!

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5 Tips for Evaluating Writing Feedback and Advice

Writing feedback is great--but only if you know what to do with it. A healthy sense of your own Push, a clear mind, and a system for managing feedback will keep you on track with your vision and give you fresh insight and motivation.

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7 People You Meet During NaNoWriMo

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Greetings! To all of you in the thick of NaNoWriMo, here’s a little field report from what I’ve observed over the years I’ve either participated or observed this phenomenal, month-long event. I give you:

7 People You Meet During NaNoWriMo

1.) Word-Sprint Wizards – these dynamos are masterful at putting pedal to the metal in 30 minutes or less! When everyone else has 250 words after the 15 minutes is up, they have 500+! Bravo, wizards! You inspire the rest of us to keep going.

2.) Language Lyricist – they may not be the fastest writers, but when they post up snippets from their work-in-progress, the rest of us are in awe at the syntactical beauty. Lovely job! Reading your excerpts gives us beauty to appreciate, and encouragement to clean up our words after November. [...]  read more

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