Category Archives: How-To

ENTER STAGE, WRITE: PERFORMANCE PRACTICE FOR WRITERS

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Whether it’s open mike night or an interview, your first reading or your fiftieth, speaking in front of an audience of any size can be daunting, if not downright anxiety-inducing. But with a little knowledge and more than a little preparation, you can be well on your way to staring down stage fright and giving a poised performance. Repeat After… Read more »

TALK TO ME: WRITING DIALOGUE THAT SINGS

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Dull dialogue can send your reader to sleep, but bad dialogue can send them running for the hills. Good dialogue establishes character and place, advances the plot, employs subtext, and is crisp and interesting enough to keep even the ficklest reader flipping pages far into the night. Sound like too tall an order? Read on for tips on turning your… Read more »

YOUR EDITOR IS NOT THE ENEMY: TIPS ON SURVIVING REWRITES

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Congratulations! You’ve spent months, maybe years, crafting a thing of beauty and resonance out of your own imagination, and now a publisher has finally agreed to print it. The hard part is out of the way. Now comes the even harder part—editing. A Specialized Team. A small horde of people is going to descend on your manuscript like a beauty… Read more »

WRITING UNDER THE RAINBOW: THE EXPANDING HORIZONS OF LGBT+ FICTION

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The last five years have seen an expansion in LGBT+ awareness, advances (and setbacks), and media representation. There’s been a similar boom in the LGBT+ book world, from genre fiction to indie and self-publishing. Even the mainstream publishing world has sat up and taken notice, releasing many new LGBT-focused titles each year. As a published author of LGBT+ fiction and… Read more »