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Five Things Good Dialogue Should Do

We writers often think dialogue should be the easiest aspect of storytelling. After all, we talk all the time IRL. Therefore, conversations between our characters should be a no-brainer. Right? Wrong! As an editor, I find dialogue to be one of the biggest hurdles writers face and they don’t even realize it.

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To Prologue or Not to Prologue…

If you want to start a heated debate at your next writing group, ask if you should include a prologue in your novel. Many writers love prologues, but many readers (and therefore agents) aren’t keen on them. As with many things, there’s no right or wrong answer. Let’s take look at both sides.

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Find Your Writer’s Voice

When I was a writing student, one of my professors said, “Once you find your voice, this story will really shine.” As if, like my house keys, I'd simply misplaced my voice and would find it again somewhere I least expected it like inside the freezer or behind a potted...

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How to Overcome Writer’s Burnout

Last summer I'd just put the finishing touches on a short story when the idea for a new story was brewing. I was in the early planning stages, uncovering the characters and developing their stories. I had a solid plan of where the plot would take them. Then suddenly,...

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All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

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