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When Should You Write in Scene vs. Summary?

Stories need both scenes and summaries to work, but it can sometimes be challenging to determine when to use which. 

How do you know which moments to dramatize into a full blown scene? How do you know which story events you can simply summarize? 

In this post, I’m going to walk...

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The 4 Phases of Editing: How to Edit Your Novel

If you’re like most of the writers I work with, getting to the end of a first draft feels both exciting and terrifying at the same time. You’ve probably been working on this story for x-amount of months (or maybe even years!) and all you want is for the story you wrote to (eventually)...

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The 6 Scenes Every Morality Story Needs

In today's post, I'm covering the obligatory scenes of the morality genre. If you want to write a morality story that works—and that satisfies fans of the genre—then you need to nail these six key scenes in your novel.

I’m also going to show you how these key scenes manifest in...

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Student Spotlight: How She Wrote a Novel in 6 Months (and Landed an Agent 10 Months Later) with Stefanie Medrek

I recently sat down for a conversation with Stefanie Medrek—one of the writers I have the immense pleasure of working with—to talk about her writing, editing, and publishing journey over the last few years.

To give you a quick overview of Stefanie’s amazing accomplishments, she...

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Status Genre Conventions

Do you want to write a story about a character who wants to improve their social or economic position? 

In this post, I’m going to cover the ten genre conventions that must be present in your status story to satisfy readers and to write a story that works. I’m also going to show...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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The Pros And Cons Of Independent Publishing

Are you thinking about indie publishing your novel?

If so, you probably have a lot of questions like…

What kind of book cover should I design? How do I format an ebook? Should I produce physical copies of my book or stick to ebooks only? How should I price my self-published books? 

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The Pros And Cons Of Traditional Publishing

Are you hoping to traditionally publish your novel? If so, it probably feels like there are a thousand questions to answer…

Do you need an agent? How do you get an agent? What’s involved in the querying process? How much do traditionally published authors get paid in royalties?

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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