Guide to Editing a Nonfiction Book

“The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.” Dr Seuss   Nonfiction usually begins with an epic idea that flows unimpeded from your mind. You write pages and pages, pouring your mind and heart into a story you want to share with the world. Before you know it, you have a book that maps out your experiences into a sublime text!    But, apart ...

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Guide to Writing and Publishing a Non-fiction Book

Most writers agree that writing a non-fiction book is easier than writing a fiction book. While fiction writers often draw inspiration from their imagination, non-fiction writers focus on real-life stories and facts that make for highly inspiring and motivating stories. When you pick a personal and interesting topic, the writing process is an absolute delight!   Not sure how to start writing your non-fiction book? Here are a few popular types of non-fiction ...

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Beginners Guide to Write and Publish a Short Story

I understand why Murakami chose to compare the writing of a short story with planting a garden. A short story reads like a breezy walk in the garden. Every word is thoughtfully chosen; every character has great significance. While writing a short story,  if you don’t pay close attention to the blooming Chrysanthemums and fragrant Jasmines, is it going to be a memorable walk? But when you have about 5000 words ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

The idea of writing an entire book from start to finish can seem like one of the most challenging tasks any writer has faced in their life. So much so that most of them give up even before they get started. And a majority of them, who push through their initial inhibitions, gradually start losing their motivation at some point due to a poor execution plan. Let's be honest, writing ...

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Online Tools For Authors

Mind-Blowing Online Tools That No Writer Must Neglect

  Digital media has taken the world by storm. The labyrinth network of the World Wide Web has effortlessly engulfed us into its spell. In today’s digital world, there is an app or a tool for every act right from booking a cab to ordering food. When it comes to indulging in the plethora of services and helpful tools provided by the magnificent Internet, we writers are at a huge advantage. ...

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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 a new world, characters, and scenarios and allow the reader to experience them in their ...

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Phrasing 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 author, can you guess why? Dialogues help readers gauge your book. As a writer, using dialogues can: Show, ...

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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 want to get it out to readers. An average writer is an office-goer, who has ...

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how to write a romance-fiction

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 reasons you want to tap into the vast market of romance-fiction readers or you have ...

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structure 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 to reading chapter 4, and then to the last chapter, and finally the first. How would ...

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Cliches to Avoid while Writing

Cliches 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 cliches to avoid while writing, follow some of the tips discussed below. But before that: What is a cliché? It is content ...

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book's subtitles

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 information to readers the moment they pick to check it out. On the other hand, ...

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copy editing 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 basic copyediting tips that'll allow you to proofread and correct some of the obvious errors ...

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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 we don't want to happen, do we? So, as an author, you must understand the ...

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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 book (check out the how to write a preface here), get a foreword from a ...

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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 to read your book. You should know who your target audience is, how to address ...

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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 full-fledged novel. Here, you will know how to manage your creativity, organize your ideas and infuse them ...

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what is writer's block

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 weave words into meaningful sentences. You needn't worry. Here, you'll come to know what causes ...

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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 to break up with him. "I do not know, Vince. Your attitude has been irritating me. Why ...

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importance of world building

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 author, you may focus on building your character and plots to write an engaging book. ...

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