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Audrey Niffenegger Explains How To Create a Good Story

How do you follow up a smash hit like The Time Traveler’s Wife? For artist and author Audrey Niffenegger, it all comes down to embracing the freedom to create—on your own terms.

by Jessica Strawser

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How to Succeed in Today's Publishing Industry (Takeaways from Conference)

By noon on Saturday, attendees were commenting that they’d already gotten their money’s worth. I consider that a big win! If you missed the event, you can still get some valuable takeaways: … Read more

What is the 90/10 Rule?

Because publishing is a business with limited time and resources, authors should be aware of the 90/10 rule.

by Jerry D. Simmons
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What Does “Sell-Through” Mean in Publishing?

Many authors think having a large print run for their book is important, when it fact it is not as important as sell-through. Here’s why.

by Jerry D. Simmons
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Publishing 101: What You Need to Know

Here’s your step-by-step guide to the publishing process–how it works, why you need to know and how you can play an influential role in your book’s success.

by Jerry D. Simmons
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Just One More Blogging Benefit for Aspiring Writers

As I catch up from being away at the Writer’s Digest Conference (read more than 100 posts with info here!), guest blogger Jane Koenen Bretl is filling in with some more advice … Read more

Should You Blog? And If So, What Are Best Practices?

Photo credit: Laughing Squid More writers are blogging than ever. And if you’re not blogging already, you’ve probably considered it. Recently, a writer asked me via Facebook about blogging. She said: [It … Read more

Reinvigorate Your Writing

Learn prolific food and culture writer Monica Bhide’s secret to staying passionate and stoking your writing fervor.

by Monica Bhide

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Anne Tyler’s Tips on Writing Strong (yet Flawed) Characters

With a body of work spanning five decades, a Pulitzer Prize and membership in the Academy of Arts and Letters, Anne Tyler is a testament to the best kind of longevity—and the purity of the written word.

by Jessica Strawser
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Spotlight on Backspace

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founders of Backspace. Read more

Spotlight on Authonomy

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founders of Authonomy. Read more

Spotlight on Writing.com

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founders of Writing.com.
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Spotlight on NaNoWriMo.org

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founder of NaNoWriMo.org.
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Secrets to Success in Online Writing Communities

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in these expanded Q&As with the founders of the leading sites.

Compiled by Jessica Strawser

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The 7 Biggest Myths of Publishing (Know the Truth)

A veteran author tells you, writer to writer, what getting published is really like—and confronts the seven biggest myths.

by Elizabeth Sims

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5 Questions for Those Who Don't Have Time to Market/Promote

(Pictured above: Writer’s Digest and HOW editors/designers, promoting “Art of Manliness” project) “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his … Read more

Figuring Out Your Facebook Strategy: 3 Essential Tips

In May 2006, after reading this article in the New Yorker, I joined Facebook, which at that time was primarily used by students. Not being a student, I found very few people … Read more

Craft True-to-Life Nonfiction Characters

Many of the same techniques for writing characters in fiction apply to nonfiction: Through detail, through gesture, through talk, through close understanding of whole lives before and after the scope of your story, you make your people vivid in your reader’s head.

by Bill Roorbach with Kristen Keckler
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Create the (IM)perfect Heroic Couple

How exactly do you go about uniting your hero and heroine? When creating the perfect romantic couple, consider the following.

by Leigh Michaels
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A Checklist for Developing Your Hero and Heroine

Answer the following questions for each of your main characters to help figure out how each one fits in your novel.

by Leigh Michaels
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Writing Exercise: Fiction Techniques for Nonfiction Characters

Try these writing exercises to improve the quality of your nonfiction characters.

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Use Method Writing to Learn About Your Characters

Good writers must also prepare themselves in advance for developing their fictional characters by going inside themselves. Enter method writing.

by Rachel Ballon
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Quick Tip: Use Causal Writing to Connect the Dots

Causal writing connects the beginning of your story to the end, meaning that each scene and chapter you write builds naturally from the one before it and causes the scene or chapter that follows. Here’s how to successfully do it.

by Rachel Ballon

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Draw Characters From The Strongest Sources

Every drama requires a cast. The cast may be so huge or it may be an intimate cast of two. Where do you get these people, and how do you know they’ll make good characters? Here are the four key sources you’ll need to create great characters.

by Nancy Kress
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How to Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character

Creating characters’ backstories before you start writing is crucial because you’ll want to determine each one’s past experiences and the repercussions these experiences will have on your story before you begin. Here’s a close look at the different ways you can introduce backstory.

by Rachel Ballon
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