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3 Literary Devices You Should Be Using in Your Writing

3 Literary Devices You Should Be Using in Your Writing

Literary devices can be great tools in your writer’s arsenal to help you illustrate your stories and points in a way that invites engagement and reflection.

And yet what’s the difference between a simile and a metaphor? Metaphor and personification? How much of that English 101 class can you really remember?

Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?

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If you want to get published, you need to be aware that major New York publishers are looking for a specific word count, depending on your genre.

How many words are in a novel? Or at least one in which publishers might be interested? In this post, we’re going to explain word count and how it affects your chances of publishing success.

How to Switch Gears from Writing to Editing

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I recently finished the first draft of the second book in my series. I’ve typed The End, so now it’s time to switch gears. I plan to set that manuscript aside for four to six weeks, then go back and read with fresh eyes and start revising.

During the interim, I plan to finalize the first in my series: implementing the revisions from the editor I hired, paying a copy editor for a final review (typos, grammar and spelling errors), writing the back jacket copy, then hiring a graphic design artist to create my front cover.

It’s all quite exciting, but there’s just one small problem.

Grammar Quandary: Affect Versus Effect

Affect Vs. Effect

We previously explored then and than, and now we’re diving into another pair of words that trip up many a blogger. Prepare to venture into the conflict between affect and effect.

The primary rule of thumb when it comes to affect and effect is the following:

Affect is a verb.

Effect is a noun.

Knowing this will generally get you through most confusion between these two words. Effect is occasionally used as a verb, as a synonym for “to cause/bring about.” However, it’s not as commonly used as the noun form and is still not interchangeable with “affect.”

3 Reasons Novel Writing is Like Building a Start Up

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Eventually, like the entrepreneur, as a writer, you will have to ask for an investment from others. By asking people to buy and read your book, you’re requesting that they invest their time and money into your ideas and skills—and your characters.

How To Become a Better Writer Faster

How To Become a Better Writer Faster

A high school pottery teacher split his class in half. To one half he told them they only had to produce one perfect pot by the end of the semester and they would get an A. He turned to the other class. They had to produced fifty pounds of pots by the end of the semester. It didn’t matter whether the pots they made were good or not. They had to be pots and there had to be fifty pounds of them.

By the end of the year, who do you think produced the best pot?

It’s really a question of what makes better work, quality or quantity?

3 Reasons to Break Free from Your Writing Comfort Zone

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It’s easy to fall into a rut. I’ve done it plenty of times, using the same kinds of characters in the same kinds of plots with the same kind of genre. For a while it’ll be nothing but sixteen-year-old orphaned heroines in a fantasy world or talking animals who always get into trouble. But as much as writing your favorite stories is fun, it’s a fine line between safe and stale.

3 Writing Lessons from GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

3 Writing Lessons from GO SET A WATCHMAN

The beloved classic To Kill A Mockingbird has a sequel. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee was released on July 14th. In its first week of publication, Go Set a Watchman sold 1.1 million copies, the most ever sold in a week by Harper Collins.

One Secret to Write a Classic Children’s Book—Or Any Book

One Secret to Write a Classic Children's Book—Or Any Book

Would you like to write a classic children’s book? One that will be read my millions of children? I think you would like to. However, I will admit, I can’t read your mind. So I am making assumptions. Maybe you don’t want your book made into movies, or read by children all over the world, or have the main character sold as a plush toy in stores.

But, I have discovered The One Secret, the missing ingredient that takes a story from good to great.

5 Out-of-the-Box Writing Prompt Sources

5 Out-of-the-Box Writing Prompt Sources

No matter who you are, no matter what kind of writing you do, or how long you’ve been doing it, writer’s block is going to occasionally strike. There’s no reason to kick yourself over it. Sometimes you just get stuck. It’s an inevitable part of the creative process.

Fortunately, you don’t have to just sit there and take it—there’s ways to take matters into your own hands and give your creativity a jumpstart. Yes, I’m talking about writing prompts.