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    Creative Nonfiction Writing

    Nonfiction covers everything from history and cooking to self help and travel. Here you’ll find learn how to master nonfiction writing, how to conduct good research, collect data, and convey a sense of authority in your work – no matter what you choose to write.

    5 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

    A new year, a new writerly you. New Year’s Day is a time for reflecting on the past year while thinking about the goals, wishes, and hopes for the new year ahead. … Read more

    How to Write a Reader-Friendly Essay

    Powerful, surprising, and fascinating personal essays are also “reader-friendly essays” that keep the reader squarely in focus. So how do you go about writing one? In this excerpt from Crafting the Personal … Read more

    How to Resurrect a Stalled Manuscript

    Is your manuscript stuck? Take a break from completing your fiction project and diagnose it. Here’s how to take your manuscript into its next phase: completion. Read more

    10 Ways to Tell if Your Story Should be a Memoir or a Novel

    Should your story be fictionalized or be a true telling of your life? You have to decide. Here are 10 factors to consider. Read more

    Why Julia Cameron Plays By Her Own Writing Rules

    Alcoholism. A turbulent Hollywood marriage. Writer’s Block. For the author of The Artist’s Way, the path of the writer has never been a walk in the park. Read more

    50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes a Day

    If you’re the kind of writer who prefers being read and selling your work as opposed to being an unknown starving writer (who doesn’t?), here are 50 quick, simple ways to launch your platform into action and climb your way to success. Read more

    5-Minute Memoir: Hidden in Plain Sight

    5-Minute Memoir is exactly what it sounds like—a personal essay on some facet of the writing life, be it a narrative or a reflection, pensive, touching or hilarious. Enjoy this installment from Kathleen Cleberg. Read more

    5-Minute Memoir: The Beauty of Bones

    5-Minute Memoir is exactly what it sounds like—a personal essay on some facet of the writing life, be it a narrative or a reflection, pensive, touching or hilarious. Enjoy this installment from N.M. Kleby. Read more

    5-Minute Memoir: The Art of Falling Without Hitting the Ground

    5-Minute Memoir is exactly what it sounds like—a personal essay on some facet of the writing life, be it a narrative or a reflection, pensive, touching or hilarious. Enjoy this installment from Robert B Robeson. Read more

    3 Tips for Consistent Tone

    If you find yourself having a difficult time sustaining one tone over a long work, try these three tricks. Read more

    The 4 Pet Peeves of Freelancers (and How to Tackle Them)

    Here’s a quartet of freelancers’ biggest pet peeves—and how to tackle
    them when they happen to you. Read more

    Write-A-Thon Poster

    Download a 26-day countdown poster with energy boosting ideas to fuel your marathon and track your accomplishments from Day 1 to Day 26. Write-A-Thon Poster 8.5×11 Write-A-Thon Poster 11×17       … Read more

    Write-A-Thon Interview

    Q&A with Rochelle Melander, author of Write-A-Thon Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group: rochelle@writenowcoach.com How many books have you written … Read more

    Write-A-Thon Excerpt

    Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group: rochelle@writenowcoach.com Avoid Overwhelm From Write-A-Thon by Rochelle Melander Being a poet is one of … Read more

    Write-A-Thon

      Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Life to Tell About it) by Rochelle Melander Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-391-6 ISBN-10: 1-59963-391-4 $16.99 paperback, 240 pages Buy the book! … Read more

    How to Be an Online Critique Geek

    Can a virtual critique group really be as good as meeting face to face? If you make the most of the format, it could be even better. Here’s how. Read more

    10 Ways Writers Lose Blog Traffic and Alienate Readers

    As a food and travel writer, I rely on my blog as my lifeline. It helps me connect with my readers and is a wonderful platform to make my voice heard. But … Read more

    How to Craft Compelling Characters

    To make characters seem real, you need to tap into what drives them. Use this foolproof method to bring the emotion of your story to life.

    by David Corbett
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    Finding Your Memoir’s Voice

    Literary agent Paula Balzer discussed finding your voice in this excerpt from her book WRITING & SELLING YOUR MEMOIR. Read more

    Book Proposal Checklist and Writing Advice

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    Q&A With Michael Larsen

    Literary agent Michael Larsen shares wisdom from over four decades in the publishing industry.
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    Selling the Sizzle: Your Proposal

    In this excerpt from Chapter Seven: Selling the Sizzle: Your Opening and Hook from How to Write a Book Proposal, 4th Edition by Michael Larsen, you’ll:
    • Find out what agents look for in a hook
    • Choose the opening that fits your book
    • See examples of successful openings and hooks

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    How to Write a Book Proposal, 4th Edition

    Learn how to craft a proposal agents and editors can’t resist with How to Write a Book Proposal, 4th Edition.
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    What “Based on a True Story” Means

    Years have passed since Frey was fried, but as the poster boy for stretching the truth in the genre, his name is still the one that comes up during such discussions. But did he (and counteless other writers) do anything wrong and should memoirists be allowed some factual flexibility?

    by Jenny Rough
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    The Key Elements of Writing a Good Memoir

    Build your story around this foolproof framework to keep your memoir afloat.

    by Adair Lara

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