The Submission Sweet Spot

 A strategy for being your own best submissions manager

Submitting your work to agents and literary magazines can be overwhelming. Initially, many writers go through periods of frenzied submitting followed by long periods of creating without attempting publication. This is seldom a productive approach, and usually results in an enormous amount of energy being poured into every high-pressure period of submitting.

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What’s on Your Writer’s Bookshelf?

We’ve selected some of the most helpful books on writing available. From advice on craft to process and the writing life, these respected authors deserve a spot on every writer’s bookshelf

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Writing Dynamic Characters: A Checklist

 We hear the term “dynamic characters” frequently in literary circles, but what does it mean, and how do you know if your characters are dynamic? Here’s a checklist of common attributes of successful protagonists and other primary character.

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Beating The Blank Page

Prompts and exercises to get you writing. 

Writer’s bock is a sneaky beast. Sometimes it hits in the
middle of the project, when your plot and your characters are headed someplace,
but you just can’t seem to get everyone where they need to be.

 

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Planning To Outline Your Novel? Don’t

If you’ve ever been to an author Q&A, you’ve heard the
question. You may have even asked it, been the very audience member to raise his
or her hand, stand up and say: “Did you know how your book would end before you
started?”

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Point of View: How to Assess and Strengthen Narrative Voice

Many writers describe their narrators as “coming to them” in a distinct voice as they draft, rather than creating narrators through consideration of craft. This mysticism is part of the writing process and for many of us these are thrilling moments as a writer, when a voice “just comes” and we see where it takes us. Although it’s great to draft without wrestling too much with narration, clarifying point of view and the narrative voice are essential components of revision.

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The Art of the Last Line: How to Find Your Story’s Ending

Identifying the end of a story is often one of the most difficult parts of writing. Sometimes writers are anxious to finish, other times we can’t bear to walk away from characters we’ve grown to love, and sometimes we’re still unsure how a story ends even as we’re wrapping it up. The ending of your story is nearly as important as the beginning.

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5 Tips on Writing Dialogue

Strong dialogue often makes the difference between stories that catch an agent or editor’s eye and those that don’t. You want your dialogue to be among the best, which means you need it to be believable.

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