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Fiction Writing – How To Keep Readers Turning Pages

You’ve arranged your writing area, you go there every day and churn out x number of words on the story you have set out to tell. Kudos. But along with writing your dream, there are techniques that make a story sizzle and lack of those techniques that make it fall flat.

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Rejection Letters – Learn From Your Mistakes and Become a Better Writer

As a writer, it is almost a given that your dream is for someone to notice your talents, realise your natural flair for words, and agree that your work is worthy of gracing the shelves of bookstores worldwide. Before you achieve that dream however, you have to let publishers know you’re out there. And that means writing letters, which in turn, if you’re lucky, means receiving replies to those letters. And more often than not those replies will be rejection letters.

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How To Start A Book – Seven Tips For New Writers

Starting a book can be the most difficult part of the process. Many a new author will procrastinate and find all sorts of reason for not starting. At the end of the day though it is down to the individual to break down the barriers and get on with it. Here are a few tips for doing just that.

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Writing Tip: Read This Out Loud

Editing is a bore. It’s a pain. It’s far too easy to gloss over what we’ve written (it’s not like we don’t know the ending) without really taking it in. How many novels and other works have you, dear reader, come across with wonky sentence phrasings and obvious wrong words? If they’d taken this first tip, perhaps it wouldn’t have happened. Here’s the Tip: Read what you’ve written out loud.

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How to Successfully Write the Plot of Your Story in Reverse

How can one write a good fiction story in reverse? This may seem a trick question until you realise this simple fact: a novel is defined by its outcome. Put it in another way; every story has a Controlling Idea; and this idea is embedded in the final climax of the story. You cannot know what you are really trying to say until you have your Controlling Idea. And the corollary of that is: you cannot find out what you are trying to say until you have written your story. So what do you do?

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Fiction Writing – Reasons to Tell a Story

There are as many reasons to tell a fictionalized story as there are books in print or eBook. Do you think you have a story to tell? Take a look around the fiction shelves of a bookstore and note the others who felt similarly. Then determine your own reasons for telling your story and consider the below questions.

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How To Repurpose Your Articles To The Maximum

Most people tend to write an article and then submit it to a few top article directories. Then they may put it onto their blog. There are many other things that you can do with that article and here are a few tips on how to repurpose your article so that you can get the most out of it. In this way you will save a lot of time and make your content go a lot further.

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You Gotta Want It Badly – 8 Ways to Actually Write

No matter how much we want and love to write, unless we’re terribly disciplined or have deadlines (or an editor/agent looming over us), our default activity is not writing. In other words, if we have a spare minute, a break between activities, the rare gift of an unplanned hour, do we write? Or do we fill it in with stuff that “needs to be done”? Or take a much-needed nap? Or call a girlfriend and relax? Or make plans for dinner?

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How to Find an Endless Supply of Best-Selling Ideas for Your Nonfiction Book Title

Follow the method in this article to analyze best-selling book titles and create your own quite different version of them. When you’ve done it right, you’ll have a resonance of success that people feel without knowing why that makes them want to explore your book and buy it.

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Some People Won’t Like It, and That’s Alright

It’s a never-ending quest to find that one thing that everyone likes. Something that would appease any man, woman, or child the world over. Every single person is different though, and I doubt there is any one thing that every single person likes. When we write stories, we write them with the intent that every single person who reads it will love it.

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6 Steps to Tackling a New Learning Goal

As writers, we have to keep learning. It is fundamental to what we do for a living. Sometimes, we stumble onto something new and learn it on the fly. At other times, we choose a topic and settle down to learn it. In other words, we set a learning goal. The task may seem overwhelming at first, but like most things writers do, the process can be broken down into a manageable system. This one has six steps.

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Thriller Novels – What Will Be The Next Big Theme?

Al Quaeda has been a gift to thriller novelists, with countless books being written on the topic since 2001. Before that it was the Cold War. What will the next ‘big theme’ be? China – the Chinese navy, China’s financial tentacles and industrial might – the author argues persuasively that this will be the next big theme for thriller writers.

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Navigate The New World Of Publishing

Anyone with access to a word processor and the Internet can become a published author, but most do not become successful authors. We all know the publishing industry has changed drastically since the introduction of eReaders, but how many authors (traditional, self, or aspiring) truly understand the changes and how to navigate this new world?

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The Importance of Rewriting Your Manuscript: Revision Is Re-Seeing

Good writing takes hard work, and despite all the talk about how good writing takes inspiration, much more of it is perspiration. An author who does not revise his or her work extensively settles for a mediocre project and has not yet seen the possibilities of what the work could be. Here are some tips for rewriting to create a quality product.

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Publishing Your Ebook On Kindle and Reading It On iPad

The key to saving yourself a whole lot of time is to learn a bit about formatting for Kindle before you start to write. Sure, you can go back and change the formatting but it can take hours, and you want to concentrate on writing the novel or short story, and not on reformatting. These tips apply if you have Word (and perhaps others like Open Office but I don’t know that for sure) and you can save the first of your two versions in doc or docx. More about that other version later.

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