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    How to Start Writing a Book, 1st Chapter

    Sometimes there’s nothing worse for a writer than a blank screen, just waiting to be filled in. Here you’ll find guidelines, advice, and inspiration for taking those first steps from blank page to finished piece. You’ll also find resources to help you learn how to write a novel in three months or fewer and practical tips on writing a book made easy.

    Don’t Use Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify Your Prose

    Learn how adjective and adverbs create redundancy and promote lazy writing and see how you can make your writing direct, vivid, and descriptive without making your readers want to get rid of your book.

    by William Noble

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    Opening Scenes: An Overview

    Read Chapter 2, Opening Scenes: An Overview from Hooked Read more

    The 2008 WD Guide to Software for Writers

    Here in our annual software round-up, we’ve tested most writing software programs to help you find the best choice for your writing needs.

    by Jenna Glatzer
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    Fiction: Point of View

    How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong and is now relieved to have a likely suspect.
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    Principles of Building a Story

    Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more

    From First Draft to Finish Novel

    A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more

    Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

    Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more

    The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

    If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

    by Bonnie Trenga Read more

    Challenging the Limits of Memory

    In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

    Publish Your First Book After 50

    Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.

    By Scott Hoffman
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    9 Ways to Overcome Too Many Ideas Syndrome

    Don’t let your creativity get in the way of your productivity. Here are nine tips for overcoming Too Many Ideas Syndrome. Read more

    8 Basic Writing Blunders

    These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.

    by Jerry B. Jenkins Read more

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

    Write a Memoir to Remember!

    An interesting life and excellent writing are key to a compelling memoir. Learn the elements that will help make your story stand out from the rest of the pack. Read more

    The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

    Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

    by Raymond Obstfeld
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    17 Writing Secrets

    One author shares his tried-and-true principles for making good writing better.

    by Steven Goldsberry Read more

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