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How To Avoid Publishing-Assisted Suicide

Originally posted on David Gaughran:
An Amazon Top 100 with 25,000 sales in the first 6 weeks after its release in Oct 2012. Also a B&N Top 100 in May 2013. A brand new book by international bestselling author Jennifer…

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A Writer’s Most Common Mistake and How to Overcome It

Originally posted on the writer's refuge:
At some point every writer makes this mistake; waiting for inspiration. Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, or wishful thinking, inspiration doesn’t strike like a lightning bolt. More often, inspiration is generated by “doing…

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Is It Time to Put Night Writing to Bed?

Originally posted on The Write Kit:
Recently I have been thinking about what motivates writers and how old habits can dictate your writing routine. At some point we were all that young writer, scribbling away in bed with nothing but…

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Writing process: The editing phase

Originally posted on Michelle M. Welch:
I’ve been doing line edits in preparation for publishing a new two-book series, a project for which I’ve given myself the very scary deadline of July 26. It’s much, much too late for me…

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Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a short story

Taken from: Vonnegut, Kurt. Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1999. Print.

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20 Inspiring Quotes To Help You Finish Writing Your Book . . . This Year

Originally posted on Intriguing Insights on How to Create Compelling Communications That Pass The Eyebrow Test®:
“Writing a book is like driving a car at night; you can only see to the end of your headlights … but you can…

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Enlivening Old Tropes

It’s Wednesday and therefore “Workshop” day according to the Foil & Phaser calendar. This post isn’t exactly a workshop, but I’m a big fan of TvTropes.org and I came across this: The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés. It reads

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Inspiration Versus Motivation

Writing is hard. Sometimes you need a little help. Each Sunday, Foil & Phaser will present inspirational and motivational posts to help you break through your writer’s block and get you working again. Since ancient times, people have looked to

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Editing Tips: Word Count

Originally posted on Shannon A Thompson:
Word count matters. As writers,we’ve all heard this. Although there are exceptions, this rule is especially true for beginning writers applying to publishers. Because of this, I thought I’d talk about it today since…

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