Posted on 07/01/2021 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin cannot emphasize enough how important it is start your novel strong. And with hundreds of manuscript critiques under...

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Posted on 03/01/2021 at 10:39 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You’ve been warned about and have likely internalized just how important it is to have a strong opening chapter for...

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Posted on 02/11/2021 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Scene analysis seems to be the topic du jour among the writing blogs we follow. This contribution to the trend...

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Posted on 12/31/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s New Year’s Eve, a day of looking back at the year that was before celebrating the beginning of a...

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Posted on 06/17/2020 at 11:17 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The most compelling part of Zara Altair’s post on starting your mystery, for us, might have been the section on...

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Posted on 03/19/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Our favorite advice about running is “don’t think, just go.” And while variations on that exist for writing, there is...

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Posted on 02/11/2020 at 10:07 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you liked the excerpt from Kris Spisak's new book, The Novel Editing Workbook, that we shared last week, we...

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Posted on 02/03/2020 at 10:38 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Fittingly for a Monday — the beginning of a traditional workweek — our RSS feed featured two different posts offering...

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Posted on 01/25/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

One more time, as if you haven’t heard it: The first page of your novel is absolutely essential for capturing...

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Posted on 01/13/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin is previewing her new book, First Pages of Best Sellers: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why, on her...

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