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 02/10/2021 at 10:51 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you found a recent post about story shapes to be helpful or interesting, we have another variation on that...

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Posted on 02/05/2021 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Modern authors are always encouraged to learn from the classics, and this blog post is no exception — though it’s...

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Posted on 01/28/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Can’t get enough about point of view in novels? Well, good news: editor Tiffany Yates Martin is chiming in on...

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Posted on 01/26/2021 at 03:56 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In a recent Facebook post, we asked readers what feature of a book they absolutely could not live without. Their...

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Posted on 01/21/2021 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author, editor, and writing coach Allison K. Williams must be spying on us. Within the first lines of her column...

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Posted on 01/12/2021 at 10:41 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writer Unboxed and Jane Friedman both featured posts recently on the editing experience. At the former, longtime editor Jim Dempsey...

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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 12/23/2020 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s a sentimental time of year — how can you stir the same level of feeling in your readers year-round?...

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Posted on 12/14/2020 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The more the merrier? Sure, with a caveat when it comes to first-person narrators. Author Ken Brosky recently read a...

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