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Five Common Writing Problems Copyeditors Fix — And You Can Too

All writers wrestle with common writing problems, and any novel worth reading should undergo rigorous copyediting. That applies to all writing, of course, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. But let’s use novels as an example. Your novel. Let’s say you’re done writing and revising. Ready to rock whether you’re querying agents or taking the indie route. Your story… Read More

Ebook Theft—Are You Worried?

Do you worry about ebook theft or someone stealing your writing or ideas? Lots of writers worry, especially early on. I remember a short story class in college and some students who were so anxious about stealing and copyright issues they were afraid to share their work with critique partners or read aloud. And some writers are afraid that a… Read More

How to write and publish a short novel in just 30 days

When I told a writer friend I have a new book out, she nodded. “Yup. That was good. Enjoyed it.” I could tell she was being nice about my tendency to repeat stuff I’ve already mentioned. But in this case, I wasn’t talking about Colors. It was talking about something totally different. “No, no. Not that… Read More

Get Started in Screenwriting and Write That Box Office Hit

If you’re a film buff, you might dream of writing the perfect screenplay. You know you have the talent, and joining the ranks of the most sought-after, established screenwriters has been a long-time goal. Or you just think it would be a cool thing to try; so many movies are disappointments, after all, and couldn’t you… Read More

The Em Dash and How to Use It Correctly

Do you use em dashes? Do you know what an em dash is? If you do, you’re in good company. Lots of writers use em dashes—a lot. I definitely do—sometimes more than I should. And because too many em dashes detract from effectiveness—plus look sloppy and unprofessional—if I have more than one or two on… Read More