Good Novel Pacing: Better Than a Solid Pair of Spanx


By Rachel Beck

Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble something, the steps have to be listed in the correct order; otherwise the pacing will be off, and you’ll never get your product put together. Applied to more creative channels of writing, a certain pacing is understood and expected. 

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Why Self-Care Should Become Top Priority When Writing a Novel


Have you ever felt like one more rejection letter could end your writing career for good? Doubts and stress start to creep in, making a project you love seem daunting. Completely understandable. I’ve been there. Writing a book is hard. Many long, exhausting hours are spent in front of a keyboard to create a multi-page piece of yourself to share with the world. This is where the idea of self-care comes into play. Self-care is the act of protecting yourself, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally by engaging in healthy and safe techniques in times of stress. 

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How to Read Like a Writer in Four Steps


By  Catherine Matthews

To be a better writer, you must be a great reader. We’ve all heard that before, but what does it really mean? Just like the old adage ‘write what you want to read’, ‘read what you want to write’ is a deceptively simple phrase. No, it doesn’t mean copy-catting someone else’s style, tone, or premise—any more than it means that reading bestsellers will magically turn your manuscript into one…But there are some steps you can take to become a better writer, and it all starts with cozying up to your favorite books as Autumn rolls in…

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Three Mistakes Writers Make In Their First Chapter


By Amy Giuffrida

Agents and  editors receive countless submissions on a daily basis and need to make hard decisions about whether or not to move forward with a manuscript. While you may have an amazing concept, sometimes the revisions necessary to ready a story for pitching are too deep and extensive. There are three big mistakes writers make: info dumping, telling, and including extraneous information. Although these can be found throughout an entire piece, each are fixable errors if you know what to look for. Continue reading “Three Mistakes Writers Make In Their First Chapter”