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Five Reasons Why You Should Outline Your Novel, Short Story or Non-Fiction Manuscript

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By David A. Cathcart I’m a big fan of outlining, probably for the same reason I enjoy planning anything in life—having a plan helps diminish uncertainty and, hence, anxiety about the future. It also reduces the chance I’ll get stuck or run into an unwelcome surprise along the way. That said, there’s the whole “best …

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Three-Dimensional Characters

By Floyd Largent As an experienced fiction editor, I think I can safely say that most writers struggle with creating believable, well-rounded characters. As a writer, I know I do. Even in a short story, you want the main characters to be realistic and believable—no matter how escapist your literature is, or how avant-garde or fantastical. …

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