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    Five Things Every First-Time Author Should Know

    Five Things Every First-Time Author Should Know

    Congratulations! It’s wonderful that you have decided to write a book. Writing is unlike other careers, as one usually does not pursue it for money or fame. One chooses to become an author, for it is a dream they want to see come true. Words are magic – they give you the power to weave ...

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    How to Write Scintillating Dialogues

    How to Write Scintillating Dialogues

    “And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?” –Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland When browsing through books, readers often try to see how much dialogue is present in it. If there is not much to the eye, they put down the book and move to the next. As an ...

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    How to Balance Writing with your Day Job

    How to Balance Writing with your Day Job

    One of the crucial things that writers require and lack is time. With an incomplete novel idling at the desk, writers go through a tremendous pressure of completing it on time and getting it published as well. Now, most first-time authors are not celebrities; they are aspirants who have a powerful story in hand and ...

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    6 Tips to Write a Bestselling Romance Novel

    6 Tips to Write a Bestselling Romance Novel

    Love is a universal feeling that transcends regions, boundaries, languages, ethnicity, and now even gender. It’s the feel that everyone, throughout the world, can relate to. Perhaps, that’s the reason why romance-fiction is one of the most popular genres in writing. So, if you’ve chosen to write a romance novel, there may be just two ...

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    A Definitive guide to structuring your story

    A Definitive guide to structuring your story

    Check out some of the fiction books lying in your bookshelf and you’ll see that every story has a definite, basic structure to it. Structure is the building block for your story, without which your book will collapse. Imagine reading your favorite book from random chapters – you start from chapter 10, then go on ...

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    Clichés to Avoid while Writing

    Clichés to Avoid while Writing

    Let’s come to terms with reality – readers no longer like to read stuff that has been washed, rinsed, and soaked n number of times. Readers are looking for something new to read; something that’ll enchant them and enlighten them. So, if you want to steer clear from accusations on cliché, follow some of the ...

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    A Subtitle for your Book: Is it Necessary?

    A Subtitle for your Book: Is it Necessary?

    How many times has it happened to you that you picked up a book, read the title, felt hesitant on buying it, and decided to go for it after reading the book’s subtitle? Quite often, I’m sure. A book’s subtitles are those that attract readers more to your book. Subtitles are those that provide more ...

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    Essential Copyediting Tips

    Essential Copyediting Tips

    It is really hard to put into words the importance of copyediting. Besides, there are a very few writers in this world who could write an error-free draft the first time. If you’re sure you’re not one of those writers, you need to copyedit your rough draft. In this post, you’ll learn some of the ...

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    The Importance of Taking a Break during and After Writing

    The Importance of Taking a Break during and After Writing

    As writers, our minds are constantly thinking about writing, plots and characters, meeting the daily word count, and publishing the book. We ponder over our books so much that it actually reflects on our writing. Writing consistently for days together may be good from a training perspective. However, it does exhaust your creativity.  That’s something ...

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    Writing a Book Dedication

    Writing a Book Dedication

    So, you’re finally done writing your book and copy editing it as well. Cheers to that. Now, all you need to do is take care of things that would add more value to you, as an author, and your book when it releases in the market. You, now, have to write a preface for your ...

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    Writing for an Audience

    Writing for an Audience

    So, you’ve decided the topic or a theme you want to write about, haven’t you? When you’re sure of what you’re going to write, you’ve to now think about your target audience. Sounds like a marketing jargon, right? Target audience is nothing but the readers of your book who would dedicate their time and money ...

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    Writing Fiction Using Snowflake Method

    Writing Fiction Using Snowflake Method

      This is going to be a bit of a lengthy post. So, let’s get things straight. Snowflake approach to writing a novel was conceived by Randy Ingermanson, an award-winning author. In this approach, you design your book from scratch – starting from a single line description of your story to developing it into a ...

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    What is Writer’s Block and How to fight it?

    What is Writer’s Block and How to fight it?

    If you’ve been staring at your monitor for a really long time trying to write something, you’re suffering from what writers call a writer’s block. It is something that every writer goes through while writing. It is an inevitable part of the writing phase where you feel you’ve exhausted your creativity and your ability to ...

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    Phrasing Dialogues

    Phrasing Dialogues

    “Vince, I think we should break up,” announced Sandra. She was fed up of Vince’s attitude toward her relationship and wanted to part ways with him. “But, but, why, Sandra? I thought we were fine,” exclaimed Vince. He was baffled because he thought everything was going fine between them and he least imagined Sandra wanting ...

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    The Importance of World-building and Setting for your Fiction

    The Importance of World-building and Setting for your Fiction

    Imagine Harry Potter without Hogwarts, Titanic without the ship, and Avatar without Pandora. How would the book or the movies look and feel? Will the plotline and characters be as much interesting as they are now without the setting? I doubt it would. Settings or worlds in books play a very crucial role. As an ...

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    How to Effectively Draft the Table of Contents of Your Book

    How to Effectively Draft the Table of Contents of Your Book

    When you intend to write and publish a book, you have to be sure everything is perfect and well crafted. The same applies to table of contents of your book. One of the primary reasons I’m emphasizing the importance of table of contents is that a lot of aspiring writers I know underestimate the importance ...

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    How to Create and Understand Your Characters

    How to Create and Understand Your Characters

    Developing characters is one of the very first things you should do to even have a solid storyline. Your story is brought to life by the characters you create and what you to express to your readers are conveyed through your characters. Now, many writers and authors have shared with me the difficulties and concerns ...

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    Setting Up Writing Goals

    Setting Up Writing Goals

    As an author, there are two things that could actually kill your writing – procrastination and a writer’s block.  While some aspiring writers, who have huge ambitions of becoming a bestseller, seldom start off with writing, those who have written a couple of chapters face the problem of getting stuck in the middle. Both will ...

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    Best Places to Write

    Best Places to Write

    Do you have a feeling you’re suffering from a writer’s block and that you are not able to proceed any further with your book? Perhaps it has got something do with the place you are currently writing your book. Have you ever thought about the fact that the mood of your surrounding has a major ...