What You’re Promising By Writing a Novella



by S.E. Jones

I like analysing things. I don’t think there are any particular rules that have to be followed in fiction, but I think understanding the effect things have on the reader is very useful. I think understanding that promises are made to the reader, that satisfaction is sought, and that particular things deliver it is very useful.

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Setting is Crucial to Your Story



by L.A. Murphy

One of the most important things to consider when writing anything is the setting. Where, when and why are the questions I always ask myself when I write anything. Is the setting realistic? Too obvious? Too vague? Is it present, past or future? Is it in a little time pocket all of it’s own? Most importantly, why? Why have I chosen the place and is it significant.

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5 Tips for Writing Conference Newbies



by Monique Hall

Last month I attended the annual conference for the Romance Writers of Australia. As a conference newbie, I felt a little like a deer in the headlights despite being well prepared by the the Queen of Newbies and her team of Wranglers. But this was only because the experience blew all my expectations out of the water.

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5 Reasons to Seek Out Group Projects



by Cate Ellink

I’ve had the pleasure lately to be involved in a few group efforts. Each has been a unique experience because of the different people involved changing the dynamics. No matter what the dynamics, here are a few of the reasons why I enjoy these experiences.

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Everything Everything – Book Review

Here is the latest book review from the book review directory!

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Everything Everything

–If you have not read the book, avoid soilers by only reading the bold text–

Ahh, this was everything I expected it to be and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but you know it as “bubble baby disease.” Basically, I’m allergic to the world. Anything can trigger a bout of sickness…and so I stay on SCID row. I don’t leave my house–have never left my house.

Everything, Everything is a story about Madeline, a girl who has SCID, meaning if she ever was to step outside her house, the unfiltered air, someone’s perfume, something normally edible for most people but she ingests could trigger symptomatic attacks that could potentially kill her.

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When Are You Ready to Publish?



by Amie Gibbons

Today I was telling a girl at work how scared I am to be publishing.  My first story comes out on Sunday and I’m freaking out, I told her.  She was sweet, saying I’d be fine, and then she said something that threw me.  They wouldn’t be publishing you if you weren’t ready.

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The Importance of a Great Literary First Impression



In essay writing, they call it the Hook. In fiction, we’ll call it the First Line.

Different names, but they serve the same purpose. This is the first piece of your story that the audience is going to read. Whether that audience is someone from a publishing house considering your work or a potential fan, it’s important to draw them in right away.

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The Ultimate List of Books About Writing



Books about writing are common place. No matter what you feel about the age-old debate of ‘teaching creative writing’, one thing is true–a good grounding in the technical side of writing will make you a better writer. ‘Show, don’t tell’, has almost become a cliché, but if you are unable to ‘tell’ a story in the best way possible, your writing will suffer. And let’s face it, writers love to write books about writing!

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