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Everyone Cries…

…when they finish the first draft. You’d be unusual if you didn’t. Writing is a highly personal, even intimate exercise. So much of what we write, even if science fiction or fantasy is really about us. You’ve undoubtedly included—albeit hidden—your

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Word Frequency Counters – An Essential Tool for Writers

You punch out a hundred-thousand words of brilliant prose. How many different words do you think are contained in your work? I’ve found that I use about six to seven-thousand words in each of my manuscripts. Of course, walk, walked,

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Adverbs Are Not the Enemy

It’s the inappropriate and unnecessary use of these modifiers of verbs that gets writers into trouble. Overusing them is a sign of lazy writing, and while some editor and critics are uber-sensitive to every appearance, you can’t leaf through a

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How Long Should a Novel Be?

Word count versus page count: Word count is the currency of book length. Page count–in printed books only, of course– is the result of manipulating type size, leading (pronounced ledding) which is the amount of space between lines, and page

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The Most Common Writing Mistakes

Preparing a list of writing mistakes is a wild duplication of effort, as there are dozens of books, blogs, and fora to guide you. In this list, we provide a taste of what you should look for when self-editing. Also,

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Self Editing: The First Draft is Only the Beginning

Once you’ve typed that last line, sit back, breathe deeply, and take great pride. Many people say, “I’d like to write a book,” but you’ve just accomplished what 99%+ never will. Whether your work will be published or not, you’ve

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