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Knowing Yourself Better Through Writing

The word “journey” is used a lot when it comes to writing and publishing. It can describe the process of turning an idea into a completed manuscript or a Word document into a hardcover book, or even the metamorphosis of a writer, after years of being rejected, into a fully-fledged published author. But “journey” can also describe something that’s much more personal: the business of getting to know yourself better through your writing. I’ve been […]

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Finding those wrong turns

One of the most common questions authors get is how to deal with writer’s block, and one of the most common answers we give is “go back and see if you made a wrong turn somewhere.” Which is absolutely great advice. Sometimes our subconscious knows when something is off, even if we don’t yet understand what’s going on. But how do you go back and figure it out? Sometimes, the answer’s already there. Last month, […]

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To Be (Continued) or Not to Be…

The first full-length manuscript I sent around to agents I described as a “standalone novel with series potential.” The story was a self-contained arc, but I’d fallen in love with the characters, and I was excited about the possibility of taking them on more escapades. With that in mind, I deliberately wrote an ending that would allow me a reason to pick things up and carry on, if and when a publisher made me an […]

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For the writers writing sequels

There’s something about sequels. Sequels are difficult for most almost every author I know. For those early in their careers, it’s often their first time writing an entire novel under contract, and under deadline. Contracts and deadlines do a funny thing to books: suddenly the fun idea is also work. Suddenly it’s not just the writer’s; it’s the publisher’s, too. Add the layer of pressure that comes from reader expectation? Writing a sequel can be […]

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Guest Post: Things I Know with my Second Novel I Wish I’d Known with my First

In a lot of life’s uncertain situations, you can ask everyone you know for advice. Wonder if you’d look good with bangs? Your mom, your sister, your BFF, your coworkers, your Uber driver will probably have some kind of thoughts. But when you’re preparing to do something that most of the people in your circle have never done and never plan to do—going on a scientific research expedition to Antarctica, for example, or publishing a […]

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