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Unless a metaphor spontaneously suggests itself from your creative, subconscious mind, it’s probably forced and phony-sounding—and far from “literary” ...
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Readers come to a memoir in hopes it will shed light on their own life experiences. Stay on the right ...
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prune unnecessary words
I’d like to highlight two common writing flaws that clutter the manuscripts of many aspiring authors. I call these culprits ...
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writing a love scene
For a love scene to move readers, it must embody the principle of restraint—in dialogue, in description, and in the ...
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Editor Jessi Rita Hoffman warns against the use of "stammer verbs," words that cause an unnecessary halt in the scene ...
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Editor Jessi Rita Hoffman explains how to craft professional and compelling back-cover copy for your book ...
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