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Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day

Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, an...
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Storyville: The Horror of Editing and Revision

Storyville: The Horror of Editing and Revision | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
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Editing = A necessary evil . Without it though, your book will surely flounder. 

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The Anatomy Of A Literary Agency Contract : How Six Short Clauses Can Control Your Writing Career - Writer's Relief, Inc.

The Anatomy Of A Literary Agency Contract : How Six Short Clauses Can Control Your Writing Career - Writer's Relief, Inc. | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
Before you sign a literary agent contract, know what your literary agency agreement means to your novel or book. Here’s a simple explanation of literary agent contracts.
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How to Choose a Book Title That's Perfect for Your Story AND Good Marketing! - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Choose a Book Title That's Perfect for Your Story AND Good Marketing! - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
Every author must eventually face the agony of choosing the perfect book title. Here are three important tips for inspiration and marketing.
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Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day

Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, an...
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Why grammar pedants miss the point - BBC News

Why grammar pedants miss the point - BBC News | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
Why grammar pedants miss the point
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Many people have strong opinions on the quality of language today.
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The Secret Tool That Will Put Your Writing Over The Top

The Secret Tool That Will Put Your Writing Over The Top | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
I’ve never taken a writing class so I’m not sure when I learned this trick. Somehow I picked it up over the past decade. I don’t even know if it’s important to other authors, or if writing instruct...
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For me, the more detailed the description, the better it is. But it still leaves me wondering whether I'm rambling or not, and whether the reader will 'skip' the descriptions in favour of action or dialogue. 

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Is your story really a story?

Is your story really a story? | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
As a writing coach and author of writing books and articles, I deal in numbers. Volume. Significant databases of writers and stories. Manuscripts, story plans, synopses, samples, story analysis and the hands-on witnessing of stories under development. And I’m here to tell you… … there’s trouble in River City. I see it, I read it, …
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6 Opening Chapter Cliches You Should Avoid

6 Opening Chapter Cliches You Should Avoid | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
I began researching this post with the intent of teaching you something. When I started learning what literary agents had to say, I realized that I'm really learning something.

I very much hate to admit it, but I am guilty of using poor opening chapter cliches that lose reader's interes
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How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
Your negative character arc could follow one of three primary variations.
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Weave My Tale

Weave My Tale | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
A New Storytelling Experience

 

Weave My Tale is a new story development experience that combines traditional novel-writing,  how scripts are developed in the movie industry and oral storytelling the way Homer did it – the Greek, not the Simpson.

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A story-in-the-telling where you can learn how to tell stories by contributing to other people's stories. Using well proven story development techniques you to can weave your tale.

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3 Quick Cures For Common Writing Woes - Huffington Post

3 Quick Cures For Common Writing Woes - Huffington Post | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
3 Quick Cures For Common Writing Woes
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But if that someone's not you, you may begin to feel overlooked, resentful, and disenchanted with writing in general. While your writer's ...
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Underwriting Versus Overwriting

Underwriting Versus Overwriting | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
Today we're thrilled to have Sarah McCoy join us. She's the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the novels The Baker's Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee...
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A Writer's Gratitude List: 12 Things to be Thankful For

A Writer's Gratitude List: 12 Things to be Thankful For | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
A largely humorous list of things to be grateful for as a writer.
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Do Not Despise These Small Beginnings - Write Hacked

Do Not Despise These Small Beginnings - Write Hacked | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
Note from Nick: This is a special day. Today’s post was written by my first editor, the guy who took The Golden Crystal and made it not suck! I recently got over an obstacle that many would-be authors never manage to conquer: I finished and published my first book. For my entire life, I had failed to finish this particular race, ...
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Start small,aim high ... but most of all, enjoy the experience. 

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Top 10 Ways to Finish a Book

Top 10 Ways to Finish a Book | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
As I write this, I have just finished up a few days in St. Louis at the ACFW conference. Any other attendees feel like they drank from a fire hose? I’m still digesting all I learned. Still thanking...
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A glossary of book components (and where each one should go)

A glossary of book components (and where each one should go) | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
For quick reference, here’s a cheat sheet of common components used in book design. Remember, most books don’t have all of these components, so use this...
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Eight Fundamental Steps to being a Professional Writer - Storyfix.com

Eight Fundamental Steps to being a Professional Writer - Storyfix.com | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
 A Guest Post by Art Holcomb Writers and Athletes and Actors all share very similar career arcs. Many start out but few make it to become practicing professionals. No matter what their path, they all have to master the fundamentals. Practitioners of all three of these professions are rightly considered artists – people striving toward …
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5 Classic Character Archetypes in Epic Storytelling - LiveHacked

5 Classic Character Archetypes in Epic Storytelling - LiveHacked | Writing your first book | Scoop.it

Classic character archetypes are found in both the oldest stories known to man and modern fiction today, in cultures throughout the world. They are not restricted purely to written fictional prose, either: they can be found in plays, television, film and even non-fiction. Some …

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Writing 201: Finding Your Key Moment

Writing 201: Finding Your Key Moment | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
In week three, we'll learn how to pinpoint the "aha!" moment in a draft, and scan existing material for hidden kernels that are worthy of expansion. We'll also begin to think about structure — and ...
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10 Questions To Help Determine Whether You’ll Succeed As A Writer | Bestseller Labs

10 Questions To Help Determine Whether You’ll Succeed As A Writer | Bestseller Labs | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
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How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 2: The Second Act - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 2: The Second Act - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
What’s the major difference between the Second Act in a negative character arc and the Second Act in a positive character arc?
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Learn How to Structure Your Novel—in Five Minutes! - LiveHacked

Learn How to Structure Your Novel—in Five Minutes! - LiveHacked | Writing your first book | Scoop.it

Learn How to Structure Your Novel—in Five Minutes! Does that title sound too good to be true? Well, it isn’t. No, seriously, if you …

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Novel Boot Camp

Novel Boot Camp | Writing your first book | Scoop.it

Attention aspiring novelists, get your manuscripts ready for Novel Boot Camp! It’s a brand new writing course and workshop that will be offered for FREE throughout the month of July...

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5 Tips for Publishing on LinkedIn

5 Tips for Publishing on LinkedIn | Writing your first book | Scoop.it
. A great possibility to find new readers:  Blogging on LinkedIn. 1. Use this new, free feature to get more exposure for your writing and your books.   This is how it works:  If you go to your Link...
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