L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week’s writing mistake writers make is lacking conflict. Moriah Richard Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s okay because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer’s …

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How do you keep your readers reading? We have put together 10 cliffhangers you can use in your writing to get readers to turn the page. by Amanda Patterson via Writer’s Write Have you read a book you feel compelled to carry on reading? You know the kind of book I’m talking about – a gripping …

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Find 6 lessons for writers from Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn, that writers can apply to their own writing. If you haven’t read the novel yet, we do talk about the plot and reveal things about the story. So consider this your spoiler alert. Robert Lee Brewer There are some pieces of …

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Addison Rizer As a kid, I was scolded by my librarian for trying to check out The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It remained restricted; only checkoutable by the older ever-beautiful-and-out-of-reach 8th graders. I came home, mortified and ashamed. I was a shy people-pleasing bookworm in love with the library. Any hint of criticism had me …

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Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that worked. Robert Lee Brewer via Writer’s Digest Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that …

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When Linda Cardillo’s manuscript drew the interest of Harlequin, she had reservations about the bodice-ripping stereotypes attached to writing romance fiction. But her preconceptions were dispelled when she learned more about the breadth and diversity of the genre today. Linda Cardillo When Linda Cardillo’s manuscript drew the interest of Harlequin, she had reservations about the …

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by Amanda Patterson If you want to write legal thrillers, don’t miss this post: John Grisham’s 8 Do’s and Don’ts For Popular Fiction. John Grisham is an American author who is best known for his legal thrillers. He was born 8 February 1955. Before writing full time, John Grisham practised criminal law and served in the …

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Les Edgerton How to recirculate short stories into novels—that’s what I did with Hard Times—combined two of my short stories, “Hard Times” with “The Mockingbird Café”, and took that combination in another direction to come up with a novel. A lot of writers have short fiction that has seemingly died, but in reality, is still …

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Moriah Richard Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s okay because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many mistakes over the years, so we’re starting this series to help identify them early in the process. Note: The mistakes in this series aren’t focused on grammar rules, though we offer help …

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Senjuti Patra The history of reading is a topic that probably interests all readers. Reading what someone else has written brings with it a sense of continuity and solidarity. This sense of solidarity is strengthened when we get to know how others read. What we read and how it affects us can reflect our personalities …

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