L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

by Clayton Noblit Being an author is hard. There’s no way around it. Some days, the prose will spring onto the page almost without effort. On others, it will be an exercise in stagnation and frustration as you stare at a blank screen in a fit of writer’s doubt. Oh, and the actual writing often …

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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 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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