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Member since May 4, 2016

Sarah Gribble is the author of dozens of short stories that explore uncomfortable situations, basic fears, and the general awe and fascination of the unknown. She just released Surviving Death, her first novel, and is currently working on her next book. Follow her on Instagram or join her email list for free scares.

Website: https://sarah-gribble.com

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20 (Not Scary) Halloween Writing Prompts for Kids

I’m a firm believer in Halloween. But I know all the gore and scary movies aren’t for everyone, especially little kids.

Halloween is for everyone, though! There’s so much more to the celebration than jump scares and fake blood. And I think we all need a little lightheartedness this year.

Have your kids try one of these writing prompts (or try one yourself)!

Writing Your First Novel: How to Fix an (Accidentally) Autobiographical Novel

Some of you may be participating in our 100 Day Book program, writing your first novel on your own, or kicking around the idea of starting that manuscript.

Writing your first novel is hard. It’s a struggle. It’s a learning process.

And it’s often autobiographical, even if you don’t mean it to be. And that’s okay.

How to Build and Manage a Book Launch Team
by Sarah Gribble in How to Build and Manage a Book Launch Team
12:30 pm on September 16, 2020

Whew. Yesterday, I launched my novel, Surviving Death. The launch went well, and it couldn’t have done so without my book launch team. They were awesome helping me spread the word about my book!

How do you build a book launch team? I’m going to share some strategies that I did with this launch and offer some ideas for other things you could do.

Justin Boote on Becoming a Writer Without a Degree in Writing

Do you want to be a writer but are hesitant to try because you haven’t taken any writing classes? Wondering if you need to have a degree in order to write?

Guess what? You don’t have to have a writing education to be a writer.

I don’t have one and have been published dozens of times. And today’s interviewee is the same way.

How to Start Writing Again When You Haven’t in a While

Life happens. There are new jobs, new babies, new houses. There’s an increased workload at work, a major house project, a mental block. There are a ton of things that might get you out of your writing groove. It happens to the best of us.

If this has happened to you, no matter how long you haven’t written, here are some tips to help you start writing again.

The Writer’s Guide to Beta Readers: How to Deal With Beta Reader Feedback

You’ve spent a few agonizing weeks waiting on the feedback to roll in from your beta readers. You’ve probably worked your way into an anxiety attack with all the waiting. What if they don’t like it? What if you have to do a major rewrite? It’s scary!

In this post, I’ll walk you through exactly what to do with all that beta reader feedback. Take a deep breath—it’ll be great.

The Writer’s Guide to Beta Readers: How to Find Beta Readers (And How to Work with Them)

It might seem like a monumental task to find a group of people willing to volunteer to read your manuscript and give you good feedback. Luckily, it’s actually not. Most people are more than willing to give you a little help. And when you follow a few simple steps, they’ll be able to give you invaluable feedback.

The Writer’s Guide to Beta Readers: What Is a Beta Reader?

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, you might have heard the term “beta readers.” But what are beta readers? Do you really need them? Are they just free editing, or something different?

A couple hints: yes, if you’re going to publish a book, you need beta readers. And no, they’re not a replacement for hiring a professional editor.

Cailyn Lloyd on How to Get Great Feedback From Beta Readers and Editors

At some point in your writing process, you’re going to need to put your work into the hands of others. Beta readers and professional editors should be an important part of your writing team. (And yes, writing is a team sport!)

I often get a lot of questions about the revision process, namely how to get beta readers and when to hire a professional editor. Our interviewee this month is here to answer those questions!

How to Edit a Novel: The Foolproof 9-Step Book Editing Process

You’ve completed a first draft. Congratulations! Seriously, you deserve a pat on the back, and I really suggest you take the time to give yourself one.

Now comes the hard part: editing.

Seriously, how do you edit a novel? In this article, I’ll teach you the process I’ve learned after years of struggling to edit.

Can’t Write During Coronavirus? These 4 Tips Will Help

We’re writers, and as writers, we’re told we need to keep writing no matter what. Write every day. Write through the hard times. Write during great times. Just write.

Right now, as if you didn’t know, we have a bit of a pandemic situation. We’re isolated, possibly out of a job, overwhelmed with advice about self-improvement, and probably grieving life as it was before COVID-19.

But we’re still writers and writers (are supposed to) write. If that’s hard for you to do right now, that’s okay. Here are four refreshing, low-pressure ways to tap into your writing.

T.L. Mahrt on How to Live a Writer’s Life (With Kids!)

How do you live “a writer’s life”? By writing! (And editing, and publishing, and marketing. But we’ll get to that.)

But sometimes (okay a lot of the time) it’s hard to fit writing into our busy, busy lives. Kids, school, work, house maintenance, relationships . . . We’re pulled in a million directions every day.

The key to fitting in anything important is to find the time and protect that time.

Merry Goodman on Using Real-Life Experiences to Come Up With Story Ideas

Ever wonder how to come up with story ideas? Ask any writer and invariably they will tell you “life.”

A writer’s greatest source of ideas comes from their real-life experiences. From going to the grocery store to careening down a snowy mountain, real life is every writer’s inspiration. You just need to look and you’ll find a story.

How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?
by Sarah Gribble in How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?
11:51 am on February 5, 2020

How long does it take to write a book? Writing the first draft of a book is a grueling, intimidating process. But it doesn’t have to be a slow process.

Ask one hundred writers how long it takes them to write their first drafts and you’ll get one hundred different answers. There is no perfect length of time to spend on a first draft.

You will find, though, that the writers whose answer is closer to a couple of months than to a couple of years are most likely more successful.

Evelyn Puerto on How to Write Great Dialogue in a Story

Writing dialogue boils down to one big rule: Make it sound realistic.

You not only communicate every day (unless you’re on a really heavy writing binge), but you hear other people communicating. Dialogue is all around us. Constantly. Sometimes too constantly. The TV blares it. Your favorite novel is full of it. Your family squawks it over dinner.

Inherently, you know how to write dialogue. Sometimes you just have to get out of your own way in order to get it on paper.

Gayle Woodson on Why Hybrid Publishing Might Be Right For You

The point of writing, for most people, is to share that writing with the world. The problem is getting your writing into the hands of readers can be such an intimidating and confusing process that a lot of writers simply give up. This month’s interviewee talks about one option for sharing your writing: working with hybrid publishers.

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