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How to Read Like a Writer

In a class I was teaching recently, a student asked me an unexpected question: How do I read more effectively? He told me he loved reading and he certainly had opinions about the books he read, but he didn't know how to translate those opinions into a method to...

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Research Your Novel and Stay Sane

At some point when you're writing your novel, you'll realize you need to look outside of yourself and your characters for answers. This is true for all genres—historical, sci-fi, contemporary. Even memoir writers don't completely escape the long arm of research. My...

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Unconventional Ways to Research Your Novel

Does the thought of doing research for your novel or memoir fill you with dread? Do you put it off until you have gaping holes in your story or abandon your idea altogether? Never fear! Research for your novel can be fun. First, think about what kind of information...

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How to Find the Best Writing Group for You

There is a writing group to fit every need. There are heavy-duty critique groups that provide written feedback MFA-style. (I was a member of one that had by-laws and a mission statement. It was intense.) There are casual online groups that allow you to email pages...

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Your 2018 Writing Resolutions

Whether you love New Year's resolutions or love to hate them, the start of a fresh calendar is a good time to take stock in the past year and think about where you want to go in the next. I've become a convert to the benefits of writing resolutions. Setting writing...

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31 Days of Writing Inspiration

I love this time of year. The twinkle lights. The egg nog. The holiday movies I wrap myself in like a cozy blanket. But by the end, I'm drained. I'm usually running on empty and limping across the start line that is the new year. It takes me a while to recover and...

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Eighth Annual Great Books to Give…and Get

Books make great gifts! If you've got a long list of people to buy for this holiday season and no idea what to get them, here are a few suggestions from books I enjoyed this year. 12 Recommended Books of the Year For the person who thinks their journals are...

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Create Immersive Setting and Place in Just 5 Days

If you’ve been hanging around the writers’ water cooler for a bit, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “worldbuilding” followed by the names Rowling or Tolkien spoken in hushed, reverential tones. You may have wondered, “What is it? Do I need it? If so, how do I...

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Circe, by Madeline Miller

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