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New Literary Agent Alert: Louise Buckley of Zeno Literary Agency

She is seeking: In fiction, Louise is looking for compelling protagonists, protagonists that know what they want. She is also looking for novels that ask important questions in a bold and imaginative way. She loves reading all genres, from action-packed thrillers and cozy crime novels, to high-concept science fiction or emotionally powerful young adult....

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4 Tips For Creating Bad Boys & Villains Readers Will Love to Hate

As a romantic suspense author, I enjoy creating characters (both heroes and villains) that readers love to hate. Creating characters that verge on being anti-heroes is especially satisfying. Why? It makes for interesting reading and the experience become emotional for the reader when they can’t decide whether to root for a character or wish...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 351

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Make (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Make a Difference,” “Make It or Break It,” “Make Believe,” “Make Up,” and whatever else you can make work. ***** Re-create...

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Kris Dinnison

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Kris Dinnison, author of YOU AND ME AND HIM. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are...

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One Day a Week, One Scene at a Time

I’ve read that ideally a writer should write each day during a designated period lasting a few hours, if at all possible. And that sounds about right as ideals go, and I don’t doubt that such a regular daily routine hones one’s writing skills and keeps the creative juices flowing. However, the constraints of...

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It’s Never Too Late, Until You Don’t Do It

Here’s a guest post from Kim Bailey Deal, a published author who lives near Chattanooga. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** I started writing short stories...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 350

For today’s prompt, write a napkin poem. I guess that could be a poem about a napkin or that involves napkins, but I think my original thought for this kind of poem would be a poem that might be scrawled onto a napkin in a rush–or maybe even slipped across (or under) the table...

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Short Novels Sell

After spending years revising my book, MARRIED SEX,  I was convinced that its 37,000 words had split the stylistic difference between James Patterson and James Salter—that this was as novel tight as a screenplay. No adverbs. Few adjectives. Only active verbs.  What Orwell called “prose like a windowpane.” Column by Jesse Kornbluth, debut author of MARRIED...

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Breaking the Mold: How to Revise Poems for Publication

Here’s a guest post from James Von Hendy (written earlier this year) about whether material is published on blogs and a sound strategy for handling both poem sharing and revision, including how to revise poems for publication. If you have an idea for a guest post too, just send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Gill McLay of Bath Literary Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Gill McLay of Bath Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Gill: Gill graduated with a Publishing and Marketing degree from Oxford Brookes University in 1996....

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 Creating Picture Books As an Author/Illustrator

I have always loved the relationship between story and pictures. As a child, I would spend hours poring over picture books. In my teens I discovered the amazing world of graphic novels. At university I studied and learned the techniques of film and animation. This love of story led me to an established career...

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What I Would Tell My Younger Writer Self

Here’s a guest post from Kathy Edens, a professional copywriter who works on fiction in her spare time. If you’d like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** There’s something so appealing about stepping outside of...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 349

For today’s prompt, write a “running its course” poem. Whether it’s for good or bad, things often run their course eventually (except for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, which apparently keep going no matter what). Often, that phrase means something comes to its natural conclusion, but it could also mean a marathon runner...

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Where Our Magic Lives: An Introduction to Magical Realism

So what is magical realism? Right after “What made you tell a story about mermaids and winged tightrope walkers?” this is probably the book question I get asked most. And understandably so. Category classifications are hard enough, and magical realism defies labeling. It’s both a genre and not one. It’s as much a worldview as...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9

Time for a new WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re focused on the magic 9. Find the rules for magic 9 poems by clicking here. It involves 9 lines with a specific rhyme scheme that rhymes with abracadabra. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 348

Here it is: Our first post-2016 April PAD Challenge prompt. It feels a little weird after a few days, doesn’t it? So let’s get back into a groove. For today’s prompt, write a “when everything stops” poem. Maybe it’s that moment when you fell for a stranger across the room. Or maybe that moment...

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7 Things I’ve Learned so Far, by Adam Blockton

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Adam Blockton, co-author of TIME SAILORS OF PIZZOLUNGO) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricube Winner

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the tricube. More than 40 poems made the original cut, then 17 made the next cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here...

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Magic 9: Poetic Forms

Look for the winner of the tricube poetic form challenge tomorrow. But in the meantime, let’s take a look a new (to this blog) poetic form that we’ll be challenging ourselves to later this week. Like the tricube, the magic 9 is a newer form and relatively unknown. In fact, I couldn’t find a...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

I apologize for the late post today; I had some Internet connectivity issues. All fixed now. Here are some numbers for the 2016 challenge: 30 days 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 10,000+ comments (and counting) 1 incredible month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

For the final day of this challenge, I’m happy to be able to share five of my poems published in the Australian online publication Otoliths (click here to read them). Quick read: All five put together combine for fewer than 30 lines. Yesterday, the blog seemed to take the haphazard prompt a little too...