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Month: February 2017

Beyond Character Quizzes: Asking the Right Questions to Develop Distinct Characters

by Hannah Earthman, Editor Think back to Creative Writing 101, the class where an actual Important Writer came to read—a guy with elbow patches and a college-press story collection with cover art that looked pretty pro in the days predating Fiverr artists and rampant Photoshop skills. The class where you and your classmates, green in …

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Finding Your Writing Style as a Novelist: Part 2

by Editor John David Kudrick In the first part of this post, we took a look at an author who lived and died by the plotter/planner method of crafting a novel—a method that had served him well more than once. But when we last saw this author, he’d just read a book on fiction writing …

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Finding Your Writing Style as a Novelist: Part 1

By Editor John David Kudrick Are you a pantser or a plotter/planner? If you’re a novelist and you’ve done even a little bit of reading about the craft of fiction, then you’ve likely come across the terms “pantser” and “plotter,” which is also called “planner.” Simply put, if someone asks which kind of fiction writer …

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If They Give You Ruled Paper … Should You Write the Other Way?

Considering the Practical Effect of Unusual Stylistic Techniques by Hannah Earthman, editor “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” The quote, attributable to Spanish writer Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón, has directly made its mark on modern publishing more than once; it inspired the title of Daniel Quinn’s If They Give You Lined …

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Sample Interview – Qualitative Dissertations

by Rick Oaks Dissertation Editing Services Qualitative Research Consultant DissertationAdvisors.com DissertationWriting.com   WHAT IS THIS? This is a homework assignment that I often use with my own doctoral students who are starting a qualitative dissertation. I want them to think about where they hope they will arrive, a year or so from now, when their …

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The Superhero Mystique

by Floyd Largent, Developmental Content Editor In the last few years, superhero fiction has become extremely popular among writers not associated with the traditional publishing scene—and personally, I rather enjoy this trend. I’m not sure why. I never grew up reading superhero comic books, though when I was in grad school, I borrowed my roommate’s, and …

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Trusting Your Readers to Get It

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Too Much Description by Hannah Earthman, editor Reading is a participation pastime, which is sometimes difficult for writers to remember. Rather than witnessing a visually inflexible world—as with movies, TV, etc.—readers are called on to use their own imagination and understanding of the world to fill in the gaps. This means …

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Are You Overcomplicating Your Novel?

by Amy Bennet, editor Recently I’ve seen a number of manuscripts by talented new writers who are falling into a trap. Writers are overcomplicating their novels, often by choosing unnecessarily experimental narrative techniques, or by deliberately leaving out important plot information. The choices range from switching, seemingly randomly, between past and present tense or first …

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Living the Publishing Dream

Editor Marie Valentine discusses books with self-publishers in this series. Here she talks to Caroline Robinson, blogger and author of a ghost story who is navigating the publishing world on her own terms. Book Editing Associates editors frequently work with self-published authors. Writers have myriad reasons as diverse as their books for self-publishing. Caroline Robinson self-published her first book …

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Why Commas Are Like Shrimp

(It Isn’t Just the Shape) by Ginny Rogers Doesn’t it sometimes seem as though punctuation was only designed to befuddle us and give English teachers an excuse to mark down papers? Sure, punctuation has its place, but the so-called rules can be obscure and arbitrary, with no system or logic discernible to the average reader …

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The New Age and Spiritual Marketplace

Spirituality

By E. M. Levy As someone who was an early adopter of meditation, organic food, and yoga postures I didn’t know it was possible for a human being to do, I have an enduring interest in this field of writing and publishing. I use the word marketplace somewhat ironically, since the intention behind New Age …

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