L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Frustration is often the most important emotion for fictional characters. Their reaction to failure drives the plot. Using examples and exercises, learn ways to create frustrated characters that will draw your reader into a realistic setting. Nancy Kress Using emotion to create strong, emotional characters and move a plot is critical for any writer in …

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Les Edgerton One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Here’s how to help readers meet your main character. One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Readers want …

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Karen Hertzberg Learning a variety of writing skills isn’t as difficult as you may think. We’ve put together a list of steps to help you make dramatic improvements to the quality of your writing in short order. Becoming a better writer takes practice, and you’re already practicing. No, seriously—you write a lot. Even if you …

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Author Mark Stevens shares his experience of rewriting the first book in his Allison Coil novel series after realizing he was recommending readers start with books later in the series. Mark Stevens This is a story about re-writing a best-seller. Mine. Best-seller is an overstatement. I mean local best-seller. Antler Dust was first published in …

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By: Alex Woolf School visits can be a wonderful way for a children’s author to connect with their readers, raise their profile, and make a bit of extra money. For children, meeting the creator of their favorite stories can be magical. For authors, it’s an opportunity to get out of their ivory tower and gain …

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By: Lara Perkins Want to know how to pitch a picture book? We’ve got you covered. Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent. This article has been adapted and updated from a previous article in Writer’s Digest magazine. Pitching a picture book …

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By: William Kenower I’ve been writing six days a week for more than 25 years. For the last 10 years my schedule has become so clocklike that I am predictably at my desk by 6:28 a.m. I never miss a day unless I’m traveling or it’s Christmas. I also always write something, whether it’s a …

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“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.” By Maria Popova “As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,” the editors of The Paris Review wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist Grace Paley (December 11, …

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Advice on everyday writing from a few of the people who’ve done it best. Darius Foroux Writing has helped me to become better at thinking, speaking, and making decisions. I firmly believe that anything worthwhile in your career should start with writing. From creating resumes to business plans. If you don’t start with writing, you …

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