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From the editor's desk: 5 words to cut from your rough draft

Finished the first full draft of your story or—whoa!—novel? Good for you! Go celebrate. When you’re through, come on back, it’s editing time. We’ll wait. Ah, editing...

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Not too good, not too bad: How to create the perfect main character

You can’t have a story without a main character, which is probably why one of the most important things about writing a book is creating...

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Create a character that jumps off the page--here's how

When writing a story, it can be a pretty tricky business to create a character three-dimensional enough to be believable. After all, the only things you can...

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Write a story with a group of other writers

Writing with a partner? Tough, but not too impossible. But how about with 750 other writers, all with their own ideas of how this thing should...

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Got ya covered! How to pick a killer one for your story

Yeah, yeah, everyone always says “never judge a book by its cover.” The thing is, we always do. So why not give your story the best...

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30 awesome action verbs to replace "is," "are" and "was"

Sometimes, verbs of being are necessary. But a lot of the time, “is,” “are,” “was” and “were” are B-O-R-I-N-G, boring. We challenge you to run through...

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