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The Write Practice

Practical Inspiration

Latest Post: April 18, 2019
The Key to Writing Descriptions That Capture a Scene

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Have you ever come across a line of poetry that was so clear, you could taste the description as you read it? Or a paragraph in a novel that made your skin tingle from the tangibility of it? That kind of vivid description is powerful and hard to capture, but I’ve found that there is one key trick...
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WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Home of The Bookshelf Muse

Latest Post: April 18, 2019
The One Thing Writers Miss When Trying to Improve

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Hi guys! Colleen M. Story is posting with us again, and she always has good food for thought when it comes to flexing our creative muscles and growing as writers. Read on! Writers do something rather unusual on a frequent … Continue reading → The post The One Thing Writers Miss When Trying to...
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Jungle Red Writers

Eight smart and sassy crime fiction writers dish on writing and...

Latest Post: April 18, 2019
S. A. Lelchuk, inspired by a cross-country drive to write...

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Yesterday's winners: Flora Church & Liz Milliron win a copy of Kris Frieswick's THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT, and Kris thanks everyone for their great advice.  (Flora, Liz, go to my web site; my contact page has my email... send me your mailing addresses so Kris can send you a book.) H ALLIE EPHRON: It's...
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The Book Designer

Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books

Latest Post: April 18, 2019
Don’t Reinvent the Publishing Wheel … Discover the Freedom...

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By Judith Briles Not a week goes by when I don’t get an email or a phone call with an “I don’t know what to write about” statement from an author. Some who are in the newbie realm; others who have been publishing for years. The subject could be a blog. Adding to the ezine. […] The post Don’t...
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Books & Such Literary Management

Latest Post: April 18, 2019
Marketers and Publicists: What’s the Difference

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by Janet Kobobel Grant An aspect of publishing that’s often a puzzle to authors is the difference between marketers and publicists. Since you’ll encounter both when it’s time to start promoting your book, understanding the difference can help you to …
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AndiLit - Writer, Editor, Online Writing Courses

Andi Cumbo is a writer, editor and teacher of online writing...

Latest Post: April 17, 2019
My Most Fundamental Belief About Writers

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I was talking with someone the other day about how I see myself as someone who serves writers and about what my “brand” of service is, and I realized something. The most fundamental thing I know about writers is this: No writer is the same as any other writer, and thus, no writing advice is […]...
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Make A Living Writing

Frank advice for writers

Latest Post: April 17, 2019
Writing Career Reboot: 5 Steps to Pick Yourself Up After...

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Is your life and writing career moving along in a linear fashion, continuously getting better? Be honest. It’ doesn’t work that way for anyone. The reality is bumpy. Sometimes you have to abruptly take off work for personal reasons: A major illness or death in the family An accident A baby born...
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Rachelle Gardner | Literary Agent

Books and Such Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner Blogs about Books,...

Latest Post: April 17, 2019
What Does Your Online Activity Say About You?

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We’re almost a decade and a half into the age of Social Media, and it can still be tricky to navigate. One question we all should be asking ourselves is: What message is my total online persona sending to the world? Another question to ask might be: is my online presence communicating the right...
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Will Write For Food

Pithy snippets about food writing

Latest Post: April 16, 2019
If You Want to Write a Biography About a Famous Person or...

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At a conference I attended recently, a panel focused on two kinds of projects: writing a memoir and writing a biography. Moderated by Cara De Silva, the panelists were memoirists Elissa Altman, Mark Russ Federman, Madhur Jaffrey; and biographers Laura Shapiro and Anne Mendelson. I zeroed in on...
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Fab Freelance Writing Blog

Freelance writing information, news and tips from top copywriter and...

Latest Post: April 16, 2019
Kindle Ebooks: 20 HOT Self-Publishing Tips You Can Use Today

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Writing Kindle ebooks? If you’re writing your first ebook, there’s a lot to know. However, don’t let that intimidate you. It’s exciting. Self-publishing gives writers immense power. If you’re an established writer, the world is your publishing oyster, because self-publishing is now mainstream. You...
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Linda Rodriguez Writes

Latest Post: April 16, 2019
COMING AROUND AGAIN--a poem for National Poetry Month

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It has been almost 5 years since I began my battle with breast cancer. This poem for National Poetry Month looks back on that time and on other times before that when death was a possibility for me. One advantage of becoming an elder is that death is no longer the boogeyman, the monster in the...
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Jane Friedman | Being human at electric speed: Exploring what it...

Latest Post: April 16, 2019
Beyond Good Writing: Two Literary Agents Discuss What...

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Good literary agents keep fighting for books they believe in. But how do agents decide which authors to rep? In this guest Q&A, literary agents Linda Camacho and Jennifer March Soloway describe their ideal projects and offer strategic advice for authors.
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Tiferet Journal - A Global Writing Community

Latest Post: April 15, 2019
a mediocre white man — by Maryah Converse

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My friend says, “I’ve been practicing not giving way, claiming my space,” bumping shoulders with men in suits who stride down the middle of the sidewalk, secure in the respect due their masculinity, and it […]
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Helping Writers Become Authors - Write your best story. Change your...

Latest Post: April 15, 2019
How to Use Your Outline When Writing Your First Draft

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Outlining your novel is one thing. But then, whether you prefer to outline with minimalism, maximalism, or hindsight (aka, in revisions), a surprisingly easy stumbling block can be that of figuring out how to use your outline in the first draft. Recently, I received an email from Matt Powers,...
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The Creative Penn

Adventures in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing

Latest Post: April 15, 2019
The Author Entrepreneur Ethos With Jarie Bolander

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In a fast-moving world, indie authors often have more in common with the tech community than we do with traditional publishing. In today's interview, Jarie Bolander explains some of the realities of being an author-entrepreneur and we discuss the ethical side of creative entrepreneurship. In...
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Betsy Lerner

Latest Post: April 5, 2019
When My Smallest of Dreams Won’t Come True

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Every night when I go to the gym (okay, on the rare occasion that I haul my ass into the gym), the woman who has the locker next to me is always there. Yes, we make the perfunctory remark about how the place is empty and here we are right on top of each other. […]
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