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    Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

    It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year.

    If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.

    The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.


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    Updated: December 16, 2016

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    Update: applications for this position are now closed.Marketing and Customer Support Assistant

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    To celebrate the arrival of spring, we are offering a limited number of ProWritingAid Premium licenses for this special price.


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    Our editing tool is now leaps and bounds better than anything else on the market, but we've kept our price far below everyone else in the industry. We still won't charge as much as our competitors, but our prices should reflect the quality of our product. We hope you understand.


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    ProWritingAid Premium and Outlining Your Novel Workbook together at last!

    Until February 24th, get the Outlining Your Novel Workbook ($40) and one year of ProWritingAid Premium ($50) for just $65.Learn more now!


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    A freelance writer is an entrepreneur, who's responsible for generating new leads, getting clients, and producing deliverables. For this, you'd need to make yourself known to editors and corporate clients. One of the proven methods is by pitching them.

    In this article, we'll discuss the 11 types of query e-mails to send out based on the types of publication and their business statuses.


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    How to create a character background bible for a novel and use the details to create conflict, enhance tension, and keep readers reading.


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    Steps to choosing a title for a novel. How to brainstorm titles, compare them to other titles in your genre, and test for feedback from readers.


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  • 09/19/18--17:00: In Defense of Passive Voice
  • Is passive voice always bad? Maybe not. Here are a few instances where you might want to use it.


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    If you haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, don’t read this article any further. Go to your nearest library or bookstore and pick up a copy. Never has there been a novel with a heart-stopping understanding that tragedy waits at the end like The Fault in Our Stars.

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    If you haven’t been keeping up with us over the last several months, we’ve been covering a genre a month. We’re compiling an essential reading list of the top 25 best books in each category. Here’s what you’ve missed so far:The Best Ever Mystery NovelsThe Best Dystopian Novels of All TimeThe Best Sci-Fi Books of All TimeThe Best Historical Fiction Books of All TimeThe Essential Reading List: Horror

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    People change. Who you were as a young teenager is hopefully different from your adult self. Perhaps you changed and grew into a more mature, self-confident, and accomplished person thanks to your experiences in life. Or maybe you went through a nasty divorce and now can’t trust anyone. And think about the physical changes you’ve gone through since childhood.

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    Could there be a more contentious question among the diverse set of writers in the world? Where you fall on the continuum of needing / not needing a degree depends on a few things:

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    Does that title annoy you? If it were only that simple, right?

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    Dialogue is how your readers learn characters’ thoughts and sometimes their personality traits. You could have a quirky character who ends every sentence with, "ya see?" Or you could reveal back story through dialogue.

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    The Atlantic posted a wonderful article from Ben Blatt who wrote the book Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing. In the article, Blatt posts the following pictograph that shows the number of exclamation points used by authors per 100,000 words written: