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Classes Starting the Week of March 18

Developing Characters with Character with L. C. Hayden Get Those Butterflies Out of My Stomach! Pesticide for Clichés with JoSelle Vanderhooft Strategies to be an Excellent Writer with Irene Roth  Special Events, Programs, and Webinars starting this week WEBINAR: Legal Issues in Social Media Marketing/Websites with Jacqueline Lipton ~ March 21 @ 9 p.m. EDT See …
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The Most Important Edit No One Talks About By Laura Drake

Everyone knows what I call the 10,000 foot edit – it’s the content/developmental edit – it’s looking at your story from a plane, to spot the plot mountains and canyons that need to be fixed. Genre no-no’s? Unsatisfying ending? That night with the weasel scene? Everyone knows about ground level edits – copy/line/stylistic edits that …
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Blurb Do’s (But Mostly Don’ts): Writing Blurbs That Sizzle–and Sell! by Karen S. Wiesner

As I’ve probably stated before in my writing reference titles, articles and workshops, I’m not a big believer in hard-and-fast rules, and even the ones stated in this lesson can be legitimately broken. I break them all the time myself–if you take a look at the blurb examples on my Blurb Service website. The short …
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Backstory Can Solve Your Theme, Tension, Characterization, and Plotting Problems by Kris Kennedy

No, really, it can. At least, it’s going to help. First, let’s be clear. You need a protagonist with a compelling backstory. Saying this may seem counterintuitive at this point, since you’re already here reading a post about backstory, but I mention it because there are a surprising number of books where the main character(s) …