Posted on March 28, 2023 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The publishing experts we follow have plenty of craft advice to offer.

Here are the ones that we thought were can't-miss for our authors:

  • How to kill a character without enraging readers: It's a cliché among readers that writers are cold-hearted when it comes to their characters, but author Ellen Buikema has strategies that can make the death sit a bit better (Writers in the Storm).

  • How to make backstory work for you: Author Janice Hardy knows, as you do, that too much backstory can bog down your novel, but it can serve a purpose even if you don't include it in the final product (Fiction University, via The Passive Voice).

  • Five ways numerical data can improve your novel: Writer and book coach Sara Gentry suggests five ways to analyze your writing and — possibly — revise it accordingly (DIY MFA).

  • Theme that mirrors real life: Author and book coach C.S. Lakin presents the movie Nell as a case study on how to develop theme in your novel (Live Write Thrive).

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