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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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Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Poll: What’s The Hardest Part About Writing?

In last week’s poll, you told us Foil wins over Phaser 59% of the time. If you don’t like the results, you should have voted. This week, we want to know – What’s the hardest part about writing?

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Posted in Announcements

News and Views: Penguin Random House merger and Google Books Trial

This week will be a double-dip for news and views with two big news stories in the book world: The merger of Penguin and Random House and the ruling in favor of Google in the Google Books case. First, Penguin

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Posted in Non-Fiction

Still Room Avalable for Writers Workshops

In case you missed it , Foil & Phaser has begun a series of writers workshops, aimed at improving writing skills through peer criticism. We’ve more than passed the minimum number of participants for both our Writers Workshop and the

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Posted in Announcements, Workshops

One Page at a Time: The Cellar Door, Page 4

This is a collaborative story in which you write the next page of the story. Fill out the form below and I’ll publish the best response each week. Please send in page 5 by SATURDAY JULY 13th at 12pm ET

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Posted in Collaborations, Fantasy, Fiction, One Page at a Time, Short Story (<7500 words), Writing Challenge

Unnoticed

This is a 5700-word short story from a collection I plan to eventually self-publish. I’ve edited it too many times to see the words anymore. They all sort of blur together. I would appreciate any feedback I could get from

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Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story (<7500 words)

One Page at a Time: The Cellar Door, Page 3

This is a collaborative story in which you write the next page of the story. Fill out the form below and I’ll publish the best response each week. Please send in page 4 by SUNDAY JUNE 30th at 7pm ET

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Posted in Collaborations, Fantasy, Fiction, One Page at a Time, Short Story (<7500 words), Writing Challenge

Conscious

APPLICATION ACCEPTED by NEW EARTH INC. INTERVIEW to begin in 5 ETMIN. PLEASE clear your schedule for 31 ETD. The bold, red type face seared at me while the caps lock gave me the impression, as always, of someone screaming

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Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story (<7500 words), Work-In-Progress

WordPlay with Nika Harper

When geek royalty and notorious speed reader Felicia Day began a new YouTube channel dedicated to vloggers, it was no surprise that one segment would be devoted to creative writing. Enter Nika Harper and her Wordplay series of videos. Every

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

One Page at a Time: The Cellar Door, Page 2

The following is the beginning of a what I hope will become a series collaborative short stories. I will post the beginning of a story and then you can send me the next page (about 200 to 300 words). Fill

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Posted in Collaborations, Fantasy, Fiction, One Page at a Time, Science Fiction, Short Story (<7500 words), Writing Challenge
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