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A weekly look at the craft of writing from full time freelance writer and former ICL Instructor Jan Fields. To have these articles, hot markets accepting submissions, and cool writer resources delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter HERE.

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Sophisticated Show & Tell Part 1
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Setting the Stage: More on Props What does your character value?
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Setting as a Character by Jamie K. Schmidt
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Set Up Your Plot Give Your Characters Something To Do
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Setting the Stage: Choosing a Point of View Let's Look at the Classics
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What Goes Into Effective Description How to evoke detail in your writing
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Elements of Setting Don't miss this essential tool.
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An Interview with Emma D. Dryden Advice on world building and avoiding cliched characters
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Setting the Stage: Scenes All the world is a stage, and so is your story
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Six Step-by-Steps for Your Book Marketing Plan by Kristin J. Dawson
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9 Tips to Keep You Unstuck Procrastination is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
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Getting Unstuck Here's what to do
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Top 3 Sources of Writer's Block (And how to jump over them now) by Kristin J. Dawson
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Try Something Scary Writing Off the Beaten Path
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Let's Talk About Plot Getting from beginning to end
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The Value of a Critique Getting Your Manuscript Submission Ready
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Check Your Clutter Is it stealing your time?
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An Interview with Andrea J. Loney Tips for getting unstuck in your writing and your career
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Yeah, It's Work Here's how to make it work for you.
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Pre-Made Inspirations for Your Characters Writing Who You Know
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Harnessing the Power of No No is a complete sentence.
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Ingredients for the Perfect Character Whipping up your story's cast
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Falling in Love How to get the creativity flowing
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Letter from the Editor An open letter from Eileen Robinson
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Dialogue Attribution Small thing, big effect
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Creating Characters Inspired by Real Kids Great characters are all around.
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All Done, or Not? Deciding when your story is ready to submit.
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An Interview with Leslie Connor Digging into Character Development with the award-winning author
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The Value of Road Maps Will an outline really help?
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How to Write About a Complex Subject in a Simple Way Keeping it simple for a young audience
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A Tale of Two Payments How writers get paid
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Preparing to Write a First Draft Getting Organized for the Long Haul
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When I Really Want to Get Better, I Teach Help others, help yourself
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Building Your Story A Writing Exercise
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Adding Humor for Increased Sales Kids love humor ... and so do publishers
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An Interview with Carolyn Crimi A Funny Conversation on Story Development
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Beware Bears: Problems to Avoid Building a career that has legs
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Pre-Write Your Success Setting Yourself Up to Tell a Good Story
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Cleaning Up Misconceptions Sweeping away writing myths
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Time Blocking What is it and how can it help you get more writing done?
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Getting the Chores Done Now is a good time to catch up.
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Journal Your Success Tracking your accomplishments throughout the year
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Success Ahead in Creating Characters Three ways to make your characters unique
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An Interview with Vivian Kirkfield Becoming a Debut Picture Book Author in Your Second Act
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Triple Up for an Electrifying Year Ahead Three keys for getting a good start in the new year.
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Taking Stock and Planning Ahead Identifying what's holding you back
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Preparing for Next Year's Success Nothing wrong with helping success along a bit
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Taking Stock of Your Attitude Are you hesitant to call yourself a writer?
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The Courage to Go Your Own Way Following your own road map
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Taking Stock Failure is proof of effort.
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Pacing Write a Gripping Novel
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Picture Books: 3 Sides to Great Characters Are your characters larger than life?
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Basic Story Elements A Rebroadcast on Character, Setting, and Theme
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Picture Books: Sound Off Writing stories that are meant to be read aloud
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Magnetize Your Books Bringing Readers Back For More
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Picture Books: First Lines Are you making a good first impression?
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Lists for Writers Handy lists writers should keep
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Picture Book Autopsy What makes a good picture book tick?
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An Interview with Hannah Holt On industry research and being a debut picture book author
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The Unique Challenge of Picture Books Tips on shared storytelling
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Down and Dirty Plotting Techniques for pulling it all together. by Jamie K. Schmidt
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Get Tense: The Plot Thickens Using tension and pace to craft your story
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The Process of Novel Writing: Transitions The road signs for clarity in your novel
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Writing as You 2.0 Reconnecting with a work in progress
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The Process of Novel Writing: Jumping In Few things are scarier than a blank page
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Novel Writing FAQs Answering a few unusual but frequent questions
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The Process of Novel Writing: Planning What you need to do before you start writing
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Novel Writing FAQ Let's answer a few unusual questions
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Achieving Deep POV The deeper you go, the more the reader is sucked into your story. by Jamie K. Schmidt
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8 Tips for Your Writer Website Must-haves for your author platform
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Break Free from Pretending It's Time to Be Yourself
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Strunk & White - The Elements of Style Virtually everyone calls it a “classic”—and with good reason by Rita Reali
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5 Tips for Your Amazon Author Page Making a Great First Impression
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A Writer's Book of Lists Keeping Track of What's Important
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Stephen King - On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Truly, though, it’s more than a memoir. by Rita Reali
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How to Write Dialogue Tips for Creating Quality Dialogue
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Off the Beaten Path A World of Opportunity Awaits
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A Self-Publishing Primer Yes, you really can do it yourself. by Rita Reali
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Dave Chesson - The Kindlepreneur An Interview with a Self-Publishing Expert
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Reconnecting with a Work in Progress Time to Revisit Old Friends
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Carroll Dale Short - A Writer's Tool Kit A concise book of tips to improve your writing. What more do you need? by Rita Reali
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Leaving the Nest Spread your wings with a new kind of writing
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Don't Crash on the Rock of Talent Is your ego getting in the way?
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Where Should Your Money Go? Part 2
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Show Up to Learn Getting the most from your conference experience
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Where Should Your Money Go? Part 1
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Reading: Osmosis Education One of the best writing teachers is at your fingertips.
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Revision: Your First Step to Fantastic Writing Nope, you're not done yet.
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Behind the Curtain Discovering the tricks of the writing trade
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Distance: The Key to Revision How to get distance from your own manuscript
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Leaving the Nest Are you ready to fly?
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Revise Your View of Revision Creating a Revision Plan
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Revision: Revising by the Bones A New Way to Use an Old Tool
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Writer Reason vs. Story Reason Which one will win?
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How Good is Your Title? Revising Until It's GREAT!
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Revising Your Picture Book for Clear Structure What's holding your story together?
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Interview with Deborah Heiligman Talking Revision with the Bestselling Author
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Distance: The Key to Revision Time is your friend.
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How to Write an Interview Turning Your Interview into a Article
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Nonfiction: Let's Talk More About Sources Evaluation is the key
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How to Conduct an Interview Tips for interviewing your nonfiction subjects
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4 Ways a Fiction Writer Can Learn to Love Nonfiction All You Have to Do is Fall in Love
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How to Get Started as a Travel Writer Tips for turning the dream into a reality by Chaunie Brusie
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Nonfiction Articles You Can Write Part 2 More of What Magazines are Looking For
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Active Nonfiction It's Time to Do Something
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Nonfiction Articles You Can Write Part 1 Do You Know What Magazines are Looking For?
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The Importance of Nonfiction Shaping the Future
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Nonfiction Guest Expert Christine Taylor-Butler An Interview with the Prolific Author
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Character Development The Road to Greatness
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Listener Q & A Your questions answered!
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Developing Characters What are their extremes?
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A Rose By Any Other Name Four Tips for Naming Your Characters
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Character Development with Eileen Robinson An Interview with an Editor and Publisher
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Proceed with Caution Tough Characters to Sell
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How to Win a Contest 4 Tips to Take You to the Winners' Circle
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Character Development Every Character is a Casserole.
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How to Build a Good Mystery Part 2 Decide the Turning Point
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Contests: Little Things Mean a Lot
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How to Build a Good Mystery Part 1 Ask the Right Question
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Why a Contest? Here are 7 lucky reasons.
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Ready for a Contest Win? Tighten up the weakest link.
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Basic Story Elements Character, Setting, and Theme
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It's hard to develop a story when you can't get started. Though there are many ways into story creation, one that isn't considered as often is the title. Titles are often tacked on at the end of the...
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What is Story Form? Understanding the Basics of Story Structure
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For many writers, especially newer writers, revision is mainly a step for fixing typing errors, spelling errors and grammar mistakes. Some may have a checklist of things to look for such as overuse...
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Get Children to Read Your Book Engage your reader beyond the first paragraph
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One of the most important questions to consider when developing a story is "what is going to be at stake for my main character?" By this, we mean, “What is the cost of quitting?”  A worthwhile...
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What are the Rules? Make the rules, but then stick to them
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Good stories have lots of moving parts, and it can be challenging to get all the parts to come together in a way that works. Many writers understand that a good plot requires giving your main...
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To Outline or Not to Outline: That is The Question by Chaunie Brusie There are two types of writers in this world: the kind who outline and the kind who don’t. OK, so that may be a slight...
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Talking Story Development with Chris Tebbetts An Interview with the NYT Bestselling Author
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Many times, the compelling urge to write, to create, to make something that reflects our skills and creativity, brings us to the blank page (or blank computer screen) with the intention of writing a...
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Hello, Editor? Here's a Submission. How to Submit to an Editor
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When it comes to writing and submissions, there is such a thing as too soon. In fact, the number one mistake writers make in the area of submitting their work is moving too fast and sending too...
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How do I go about writing a memoir? by Rita Reali As an editor, I often get asked, “What’s the difference between an autobiography and a memoir?” In framing my answer, I sometimes reply, ...
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How to Choose Your Educational Writing Sample The Secrets to Samples
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Query letters, cover letters, pitches, and proposals all have one very important thing in common. They all require an author be able to describe the story in few words. This is sometimes called a...
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Making Your Submissions Plan Start Before You Finish Writing
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Your first contact with a publisher or agent does a lot of things. It presents the project you've created (or wish to create) in a clear, concise, lively manner. That's hard enough, right? But it...
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Top 3 Submission Tips An Interview with Julie Hedlund
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If you ask almost any writer what parts of the process they like least, submissions will pop up somewhere in the list. We worry about whether we're doing it right. We struggle to find all the...
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When You Have No Ideas What to do when the ideas won't come
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For most people considering children's writing for a career (or even for a hobby), the type of writing that comes to mind is fiction. For many of us, the picture books we loved most were fiction. The...
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Idea Starters: Map Your Ideas by Andrea Collier An offshoot of mining for stories is mapping ideas. For me, it started as a way to think about and control how much money I make on my stories. ...
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Idea Theft Will Someone Steal Your Idea?
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"How is a raven like a writing desk?" When Lewis Carroll first wrote the riddle about the raven and the writing desk, he didn't have an answer. It was simply a riddle to stump a little girl, ...
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Idea Starters: Mining Your Stash by Andrea Collier If you are like me, writing can be a series of stops and starts. It is all a part of the process. I have a ton of ideas that may have been...
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Idea Mining Where do ideas come from?
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Over the holidays, as I was putting out the holiday decorations, my daughter and I took time to talk about some the ornaments and other well-loved decorations. Some decorations brought back memories...
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700,000 Copies and Six Figures Later An Interview with Maria Dismondy
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One of the most crippling things a writer can do in the early stage of any book is worry about whether your story (or something like it) has been done before. First, pretty much all stories have been...
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Organizing Your Ideas by Guest Blogger Andrea Collier As we start a new year, we also often face the big scary thing—a blank page of a new project. If you’re lucky, you already have an idea for...
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For many people new to writing for children, all children's books are picture books. If you ask them what they are working on, they'll say, "a children's book" as if that is all the explanation...
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The new year will be upon us soon, and it's a good time to make plans to increase our chances of publication success in 2018. Now, it helps to know what you would consider success. So think about...
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A Self-Publishing Primer by Rita Reali You’ve done your outline, carefully completed extensive research, and fleshed out your protagonist, antagonist, and assorted minor characters. You’ve...
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How to Have a Happy New Year aka Happy New Year ... Now What?
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Coming up with a title for your work in progress can be easy or really hard. Sometimes the title comes to you early, and you just always know what you want to call that story or book. Sometimes...
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Method to My Madness, Part 2 by Rita Reali Last week I touched on how I began writing fiction—and how my first two characters (Gary and Michaela) dropped in on me, unannounced, in freshman...
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Be Kind When You Rewind A Kind Assessment of Your Year
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If you read a lot of information about writing: essays like this one, discussions like the ones on the Institute's Facebook pages and in either of our groups, writing books, writer's magazines, ...
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The Method to My Madness—Sort Of  (Or How—and Why—I Do What I Do) by Rita Reali I often get asked about my process. How do you write your novels? Where do you begin? How do you keep going? And...
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Writer's Hibernation Are You Feeling a Writer's Hibernation?
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Writing exercises can be fun. They can also help you exercise your writing muscles and break through a block you might be having. So it's always good to know where to find them for those times you're...
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How to Know Where You Can Get Published, Part 2 An Interview with Market Guide Editor-in-Chief Marni McNiff
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Copyright, because it is an area of law, can be scary for writers, and many new writers worry about their work being stolen; they want to know what to do to protect their work. So questions about...
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How to Break into Freelance Writing by Chaunie Brusie Not too long ago, I was burning with jealousy whenever I would come across a writer’s byline. “Why her?” I would think, “how did she...
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Thankful Things to be Grateful for as a Writer
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Most people who get involved in writing have some level of hope that it will produce money. As an instructor with the Institute, I had many students who told me they hoped to reach a writing level...
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You Have No Option What to Do When You're Too Busy to Write
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The Competition Some book publishers are now specifically asking writers to look at competing books when sending in manuscript submissions, partial submissions, queries, or book proposals. And...
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Treat Yourself Rewards and Challenges
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One of the questions writers tend to be asked a lot is "where do you get your ideas?" Of course, two other questions are "can you read something for me?" and "can you pass this on to your...
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Putting It All Together by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about voice, tone, and humor. We’ve also discussed viewpoint. But how do we make it all work seamlessly? And can you use the same tools...
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How to Know Where You Can Get Published, Part 1 An Interview with Market Guide Editor-in-Chief Marni McNiff
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Writing samples are those bits of writing that we send to educational publishers (and a few trade publishers) who are looking to staff specific projects with good writers. In these situations, the...
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Whose Story is it Anyway… Viewpoint  by Andrea Collier When I start a story, I visualize myself in a room full of people. I pace the room. I look at the people and I try to guess the best...
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Authentic Kid Voice Creating Quality Dialogue
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For many of us, this is an incredibly busy time. The holidays are beginning to peek over the horizon and nibble at our time (and if you want more info on how to deal with that in terms of your...
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Interjecting Humor in Your Work by Andrea Collier Out of all the style tools we describe in this series on tone and voice, interjecting humor is probably the most difficult to pull off well. ...
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Look in Your Junk Drawer Rethink, Restore, Revise
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Some writers write only one sort of book: picture books, mysteries, science fiction, humor, racy romance, etc. But many writers jump around in their careers and tackle whatever project bubbles up in...
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Finding the Right Tone for Your Story by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about “voice” now it is time to meet its twin sister, “tone.” If you are writing for publication, or for a specific...
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Five Things to Worry About Details You Should Sweat About
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A while ago on the Institute's Facebook page, someone was asking about dialogue, which made me think again about this important writing tool. Readers love dialogue because it makes a scene and a...
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Training Your Writer’s Voice to Come Out to Play by Andrea Collier When I first started writing in earnest I would mimic the authors that I admired. I studied how they put words on the page. ...
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Let's Solve That Crafting a Satisfying Solution
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The Secrets to Samples Many of us who write for educational publishers are very familiar with samples. These are the bits of writing publishers use to judge whether you're a writer who can do the...
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Why Wait? Six Ways to Gear Up for NaNoWriMo Now! by Rita Reali It’s coming! Are you ready? You’re probably asking, “What’s coming?” Why, National Novel Writing Month, of course. It rolls...
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Five Tips for Success Tips for earning a steady income from a working writer
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Talking about how to end a book or story is a bit harder than talking about how to begin one. The first paragraph of a book doesn't really count as a spoiler for the book, but the last paragraph...
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Comma Long With Me and Celebrate Punctuation Day by Rita Reali It’s like they created a day just for folks like me, people who are (admittedly or not) obsessed with punctuation… proper...
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How to Write Craft Articles (That Magazines Will Buy!)
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Momentum is a delicate thing in writing. Sometimes you start out revving along in a novel, falling in love with your main character, fascinated by the situation you're creating and cranking out...
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Get Engaged (No Ring Required!)
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Writing can be a lonely art form. Unlike performance artists, you don't have audience reaction to rev you up. And sometimes family and friends aren't incredibly supportive, especially during the...
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"This is another great read from [ICL]... When I saw this particular one, I grabbed it immediately ... This book is a great addition to a writer's (whether published or not) shelf ... I highly recommend their writing courses. You receive feedback on your work from published authors. You will be encouraged but also pushed to make your story from good to great."