L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Veronica Ramirez Day-to-day communication can get boring. There are only so many “Sounds good” and “Let me know” emails, texts, and Slack messages you can send and read each day without your eyes glazing over. While there are some communications that have to use plain language to be accurate, there are ways to spice up …

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How do you recognize a good urban fantasy when you see one, and if you want to try your hand at writing one, what’s the basic recipe? Here are the ingredients you need. Mishell Baker Even if you don’t regularly haunt the science fiction and fantasy section of your local bookstore, chances are you’ve crossed …

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Written by MasterClass It’s easy to get overwhelmed as a new writer when you’re staring at the blank page wondering where to begin. The good news is there are many places you can find writing advice and tips that can help you strengthen your abilities and build confidence in yourself. Writing is a lifelong pursuit, …

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Some practical, straightforward advice for the non-writers who want to get better. Dimitri Halkidis Not everyone can write. This is something I learned gradually, over a period of decades. And while the timid and anxious part of me struggles with admitting this, I am — objectively — a good writer. But I wasn’t born with …

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Debut novelist Karin Abarbanel shares four writing tips for contemporary novelists she discovered from studying the plays of the Bard for 365+ nights. Karin Abarbanel “And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.” from A …

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Joanna Penn Editing can take your manuscript from being a pile of words into a story that can move people or a non-fiction book that can change lives.  It really is the secret weapon to making your book the best it can be. I’ve been working with professional editors since my first book, and I …

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In defence of the much-maligned reference book. The Outline B.D. McClay Photo by Zoonar RF / Getty Images. As reference books go, the thesaurus, these days, is one step up in respectability from the rhyming dictionary. To use one is to betray something embarrassing about yourself. To be accused of using one is to be …

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How are writers supposed to write settings when we’re supposed to stay at home? Christine Meade offer writing prompts and tips fro writing strong settings during social isolation. By: Christine Meade For fiction writers looking to stay productive during either self-imposed or voluntary social-distancing, it may seem a challenge to envision a setting beyond the …

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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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By Emily Temple You know the feeling: you’re staring at the black computer screen, blinking occasionally—staring and blinking, staring and blinking, until the cursor starts to blink back and you have to go to bed for a while. Maybe you’re staring and blinking at an actual, physical blank page, in which case you should definitely go to bed …

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