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408 Posts: Writing
February 20, 2019
Swoon Author Lillie Vale's Editing Update: Meeting My Book for the First Time (Again)"In a lot of ways, Small Town Hearts is a totally different book than it was before."
February 14, 2019
Swoon Author Caitlin Lochner: Time Management Tips for the Busy Writer"How do you do ALL the things without curling up into the fetal position on your kitchen floor?"
February 13, 2019
Swoon Author Melinda Grace's Editing Update: That Time I Thought Editing Was Easy... It Totally Wasn't"Editing, for me, was akin to when I first learned how to play Sudoku."
February 12, 2019
The Life-Changing Magic of Killing Your DarlingsScenes need to be more than well-written: They need to have a purpose in your story as a whole.
February 6, 2019
Swoon Author Jessika Fleck's Editing Update: Once a Pantser, Always a Pantser (Sort Of)The author of Beware the Night shares her experience with the editing process.
January 31, 2019
Swoon Author Dee Garretson: Why Your Story?The author of All Is Fair has some stellar advice for writers looking to make their manuscript stand out from the crowd.
January 24, 2019
Swoon Author Olivia Hinebaugh: Beyond the Acknowledgments"The life of writing and editing The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me has been like one big exercise in gratitude."
January 21, 2019
Swoon Author Tiana Smith: Scrivener Secrets for SuccessIf you’ve been thinking about giving Scrivener a try, then Tiana Smith is here to help you out!
January 10, 2019
Swoon Author Tiana Smith: How to Write a BookThe author of Match Me If You Can has a surefire 12-step process for writing a book. Come find out the secret!
January 9, 2019
Ask an Editor: How to Start Revising First DraftsSo you finished your first draft. Congrats! Now you need to start revising. Holly W. has some tips for where to start.
January 4, 2019
Writing Prompt: The Road Not TakenLooking for some writing inspiration? Check out this prompt inspired by one of Robert Frost's most famous poems.
December 18, 2018
The Dos and Don'ts of Writing CliffhangersKeep readers wanting more, sure, but don't make them feel unsatisfied. Here are four tips for writing cliffhangers.
December 13, 2018
Swoon Author Dee Garretson's Editing Update: Sometimes Characters Just Have to GoWhen it comes time to edit your book, it's common to find characters on the chopping block.
December 7, 2018
Writing Prompt: Space for ActivitiesBuilding up a character's personality can be tough... so why not try giving them a random hobby and see what happens?
December 6, 2018
Swoon Author Tiana Smith's Editing Update: It Gets Worse Before It Can Get BetterEditing a novel isn't just polishing the surface, it often means ripping a book apart and stitching it together again.
December 4, 2018
Ask an Editor: Pacing and TensionIf you're not sure whether your story has smooth enough pacing or high enough tension, Holly West has some advice.
November 29, 2018
Swoon Author Olivia Hinebaugh: Don't Stop NowJust because November's almost over doesn't mean it's almost time to stop writing!
November 21, 2018
Swoon Author Tiana Smith: How to Make (Writing) FriendsWriting may be a solitary activity, but it doesn't have to be lonely! Here are some tips for joining the community.
November 20, 2018
Put Some Feeling into It: Making Your Setting Work OvertimeYou can make your writing come alive by making sure your setting is doing its part to elicit emotion from the reader.
November 16, 2018
Ask an Editor: Ramping Up the StakesIt's important for any story to have high stakes. Editor Holly West explains how to make sure you do.
November 14, 2018
Special Guest Grant Faulkner: Getting through the Muddle of the Muddy MiddleGrant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo, dropped by to offer a few tips on tackling the hardest part of a novel.