L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

by Amanda Patterson We write about the 10 description mistakes writers should avoid at all costs. When we describe well in our stories, we are firmly entrenched in a character’s viewpoint using action, dialogue, emotion, and the senses to engage our reader’s imagination. If we don’t get this right, we risk the problem of having talking, …

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by Jane Friedman It’s probably the single most despised document you might be asked to prepare: the synopsis. The synopsis is sometimes required because an agent or publisher wants to see, from beginning to end, what happens in your story. Thus, the synopsis must convey a book’s entire narrative arc. It shows what happens and who changes, and it …

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By Edith Zimmerman Earlier this week, I was reading a tweet from a writer I admire (the new “I was enjoying a novel”?), and she ended it with a parenthetical that should have had the period outside the close parenthesis (like this). But instead, it ended like (this.) I know it’s stupid, but this inconsequential …

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Writer’s Toolbox Tips From the Masters George Orwell has earned the right to be called one of the finer writers in the English language through such novels as 1984, Animal Farm, and Down and Out in Paris and London, and essays like “Shooting an Elephant.” Orwell excoriated totalitarian governments in his work, but he was …

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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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by Bella Pope I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a serious problem with romantic relationships in literature nowadays. And worse, this issue seems to be overlooked by the large majority of writers — until it’s too late, that is. The problem: The unrealistic and unhealthy portrayal of romantic relationships. There. I said it. …

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by Vicki Essex One of the most fun and challenging things about writing fiction is worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is the process of creating a fictional world or universe. Whether you’re writing a fantasy world  filled with magic and feudal lords, a paranormal romance with a secret society of werewolves and vampires, or a sweet romance set …

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By Anne R. Allen Social Media is both a boon and a curse to new writers. Online writing groups and forums are an excellent source of insider information on the publishing industry—stuff we once could only find at expensive classes and writers’ conferences. But social media is also a major source of misinformation and dangerously …

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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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