Posted on 08/13/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The town in which we attended college was, objectively, not an interesting place: 18,000 residents (counting generously), few of the...

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Posted on 06/27/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you’re like us, you’ve been doing much more cooking nowadays than six months ago. So, fittingly, we have a...

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Posted on 05/16/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, you might feel like your life lacks momentum and that your...

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Posted on 12/18/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

“Formulaic” is often tossed around as an insult. We’re not suggesting that you make your novel as predictable as can...

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Posted on 11/07/2019 at 11:45 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When you revise your novel, you should be ensuring that each scene is as strong as it can be. Christian...

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Posted on 09/23/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Your setup scene isn’t always the first scene in your book, but — as its name suggests — it definitely...

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Posted on 06/25/2019 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

TV and movie producers have it much easier when it comes to depicting their stories’ settings — do a quick...

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Posted on 01/05/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you liked C.S. Lakin’s approach to strategic planning, you may also like her latest guest post on Jane Friedman’s...

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Posted on 10/16/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Siera London likes to call herself a plotster — she does a minimal amount of plotting and a fair...

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Posted on 06/14/2018 at 04:28 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Knowing what makes a complete scene means the difference between keeping what you’ve just written or tossing it aside. Seems...

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