L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

By Harry Guinness Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how. The secret to good writing is good editing. It’s what separates hastily written, randomly punctuated, incoherent rants from learned polemics and op-eds, and cringe-worthy fan fiction from …

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Joe Fassler on Seven of the Most Common Writing Tips I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard—the last line of Last Night in …

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Via WriterMag I wish I’d known a writer can fix anything but a blank page. I wish I’d known the best writing comes from the gut and not from the head. I wish I’d known that, to find your voice, you have to write every day, read every day, and get out of your comfort …

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They’re vs. Their vs. There Your vs. You’re Its vs. It’s Incomplete Comparisons Passive Voice Dangling Modifiers Referring to a Brand or Entity as ‘They’ Possessive Nouns Affect vs. Effect Me vs. I To vs. Too Do’s and Don’ts i.e. vs. e.g. Peek vs. Peak vs. Pique Who vs. That Who vs. Whom vs. Whose …

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Annie Bomke Literary Agency A while ago when I solicited advice on what topics to cover in my blogs, someone asked me to cover common mistakes I see authors making in their first pages, so here is my rough list. One quick note before I start the list, just to give you an idea of …

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