Posted on November 14, 2022 at 10:42 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The advice some authors have heard about prologues is simple: don't write them. As is the case with many craft...

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Posted on November 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

John Matthew Fox's advice on writing a standout first paragraph is straightforward and even fun. Go to your bookshelf or...

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Posted on October 30, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

There is, of course, absolutely no rule that a book must have a dedication. And there aren't really rules for...

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Posted on October 25, 2022 at 10:09 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Like many people, Shane Millar wrote a novel ... and shoved it in a drawer, rarely to be seen again....

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Posted on October 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those who enjoy a little levity with their writing advice are in luck today. Jane Friedman has an excerpt from...

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Posted on May 23, 2022 at 3:35 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

All authors know a strong opening is essential for any book. Editor and coach Lisa Cooper Ellison recently shared two...

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Posted on March 15, 2022 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Beginning any task — including writing a novel — is often the most difficult phase of the project. So it's...

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Posted on February 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When author Melissa Ferguson urges her fellow romance writers to begin their stories with a bang, she's not being raunchy....

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Posted on February 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Speaking of following trends ... author Barbara Linn Probst has heard it said, umpteen times, that a writer must open...

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Posted on January 3, 2022 at 2:34 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The changing of the year set writer Greer Macallister to pondering the various beginnings involved in writing a novel. One...

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