December 8, 2014

Authors hear it all the time: your first sentence must be great. No pressure, right? It may be a bit of an overstatement to say that your first line will make or break you—readers may give you a few more sentences to convince them—but an opening line that gives a reade...

November 24, 2014

“I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” ― Shannon Hale, author of Austenland

You have a great idea for a book and can’t wait to start writing. You pour your heart out on the page, fall...

November 17, 2014

Einstein has been quoted as saying, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it is stupid.” So, how does that apply to the writing life? There is no better way to learn how to write well than t...

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