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Writer Unboxed

Writer Unboxed about the craft and business of fiction

Latest Post: September 23, 2017
What Is Your “Home Rice”?

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I grew up eating only one type of rice: white. When I was young, I thought there was only that one type of rice. Of course, as I grew older I learned about white rice and brown rice, but I don’t think I ventured much further than that. Then, at a point in my food […]
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WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Home of The Bookshelf Muse

Latest Post: September 23, 2017
Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Bartender

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Jobs are as important for our characters as they are for real people. A character’s career might be their dream job or one they’ve chosen due to necessity. In your story, they might be trying to get that job or … Continue reading →
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Jungle Red Writers

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

Latest Post: September 23, 2017
Royal Pain or Royal Pleasure?

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INGRID THOFT When the announcement was made that Princess Kate (officially the Duchess of Cambridge) was pregnant with her third child , the news was heralded around the world. Our own Jenn McKinlay posted about it on Facebook, and I “liked” it. But someone else wondered, who cared? Who cared that...
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The Write Practice

Practical Inspiration

Latest Post: September 22, 2017
How to Write a Book Review: The Complete Guide

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You finally reach the last page of a book that kept you up all night and close it with the afterglow of satisfaction and a tinge of regret that it’s over. If you enjoyed the book enough to stay up reading it way past your bedtime, consider writing a review. It is one of the best gifts you can give...
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Helping Writers Become Authors - Write your best story. Change your...

Latest Post: September 22, 2017
5 Tips for Creating Believable Fictional Languages

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Gone are the days when you could speak gibberish in a movie or a novel—think Princess Leia’s scene negotiating with Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi—and pass it off as obscure, exotic fictional languages. Today, when your characters speak fictional languages, your audience expects these...
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Fab Freelance Writing Blog

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

Latest Post: September 21, 2017
Master Blurbs: Create Book Descriptions Which Sell Books

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Do blurbs (book descriptions) help you to sell books? You’ve attracted a reader’s attention with your cover. The reader decides that your title sounds promising, so he reads your blurb to assess whether he wants to read your book. Your sole aim in writing a blurb is to trigger a click to the Buy...
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Goins, Writer: On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

A blog by Jeff Goins about writing, marketing, creative business...

Latest Post: September 21, 2017
Stop Waiting for Your Big Break: Interview with Ryan O’Neal

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Too often, arts of every shade toil in obscurity, waiting for their big break. They work hard on their craft, take on odd jobs to pay the bills, and hope to get discovered and become an overnight success. Sadly, they are wasting their time on a myth. If you do what everyone else does, you'll get...
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Books & Such Literary Management

Latest Post: September 21, 2017
The Writer Who Speaks

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Blogger: Cynthia Ruchti Writers speak. Speaking in public remains a perennial item on the list of things-I-think-will-kill-me-or-worse for many people, writers included. A writer who is able to communicate clearly on paper does not instantly translate into a natural speaker.…
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The Creative Penn

Adventures in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing

Latest Post: September 21, 2017
How Watching TV And Movies The Right Way Can Revolutionize...

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We're living in a golden age of TV and movies, with more channels and more quality stories than we can ever watch, many of them based on adaptations of books – both fiction and non-fiction. But many writers feel guilty about watching film and TV, because shouldn't you be doing something more...
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Women's Fiction Writers

Latest Post: September 21, 2017
Author Interview: Kaira Rouda’s BEST DAY EVER, Plus Advice...

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It feels fabulous to kick a Fall full of interviews with my friend, Kaira Rouda. She’s the author of Best Day Ever, and while it’s a domestic thriller, I consider strongly how it also falls under the Women’s Fiction umbrella — and when you read it, I think you’ll agree. I know many people balk […]
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Make A Living Writing

Frank advice for writers

Latest Post: September 20, 2017
Article Research: A Savvy Librarian’s Top Tips

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Ever wasted hours doing article research for a query or assignment? It happens, especially if you don't know where to look. If you're not getting anywhere with your approach to article research (which probably starts with Google for almost everybody), ask an expert on how to find the information...
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AndiLit - Writer, Editor, Online Writing Courses

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

Latest Post: September 20, 2017
Writers, It’s Good to Make Money and Be Famous

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When we first got this farm, I really struggled because I now owned 15 acres of beautiful Virginia countryside AND a 200+-year-old farmhouse AND goats AND chickens AND dogs AND cats. It felt like abundance, and in my life – largely through some misguided teachings from the faith of which I am a...
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The Book Designer

Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books

Latest Post: September 20, 2017
3 Ways to Use Hashtags as Authors

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Hashtags seem to be everywhere these days. Authors can use hashtags in hopes of finding readers. The post 3 Ways to Use Hashtags as Authors appeared first on The Book Designer .
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Will Write For Food

Pithy snippets about food writing

Latest Post: September 19, 2017
An Italy Writing Workshop on Food and Wine

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Ciao! I’m just back in my desk in Oakland, California, jet-lagged but happy. I’ve been at an Italy writing workshop I conducted with my co-host, food and wine writer Demet Guzey, who lives in Verona. Usually I add a few days of holiday afterwards, but this time my husband and I began in Venice. It...
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Betsy Lerner

Latest Post: September 19, 2017
Put It in the Ground Where the Flowers Grow

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There was a review of Philip Roth’s new collection of essays in the NYTBR over the weekend. It quoted Roth as saying something to effect that he was lucky because he didn’t care about happiness. First reaction: brilliant. Second reaction: DB. But I keep thinking about it. Does an artist care about...
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The Courage 2 Create

This is the story of me writing my first novel...and how life keeps...

Latest Post: September 18, 2017
The Grace of Fortitude

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For nearly eight years on this blog we’ve talked about fortitude: the ability to just keep going despite what life throws at you. Today I’d like to talk about what we’ve learned over all these years about resilience and why choosing to not give up is itself a choice worth celebrating. The Many...
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