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Why Should You Write a Novella? By Lisa Fox

Readers love novellas. Fast-paced, intense, gripping, novellas are shorter stories meant to take readers on a spirited, but focused ride. They are usually no more than 50,000 words, and though they may take months upon months to write, they can generally be enjoyed in a few short hours. Readers love them because with so many …
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Beyond the Burnished Beginning: Thinking About Larger Plot and Structure Issues for your Story by Jacqui Lipton

How many times have you revised and revised your first 10, 20, or 50 manuscript pages until they’re so glossy and sparkly that you have to wear sunglasses to read them? Then …. YOU FACE THAT AWFUL SAGGY MIDDLE and want to curl up into a fetal position and never write again? It’s a common …
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Which Journey Fits Your Genre? by Mary O’Gara, Ph.D.

The hero’s journey is high testosterone.   We start in the ordinary world, but the inciting incident or first turning point is a blast of disaster that rocks the hero’s world and thrusts him into an adventure he may or may not have wanted.   Tom Clancy and Mary Stewart wrote about characters who didn’t …
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Increasing Your Visibility in Today’s Crowded Market by Katriena Knights

As opportunity for authors has grown over the last several years, so has the fiction market. Indie publishing and the arrival of more and more small-press publishers has made it harder for an individual author to get their name in front of readers. There are various ways to increase your visibility—advertising, social media, and blog …