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How Long Should A Book Be? Word Count Guidelines by Genre - by Anne R Allen...

Follow word count guidelines to keep from snoozifying your reader. 

A constant complaint I hear from agents, editors, writing teachers, and reviewers is that they see too many manuscripts with inappropriate word counts. 128 more words


13 Things You Have to Let Go of Before You Can Succeed As a Writer

1. Your need to control everything.

2. Your aversion to shameless self-promotion (within reason).

3. Your crippling anxieties about what will happen if you get rejected. 160 more words

Meg Dowell

Bon Voyage, TESS

This past week, my daughter and I watched live as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, was launched into orbit. This satellite is the follow-up to NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, which was designed to point to a specific region of space known to have many sun-like stars and get a sense for how many of them have exoplanets. 454 more words


My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. 266 more words

Writing Advice

Unlearning school writing lessons, part 2.

Oh I sure did learn all those school writing rules! And now….I gotta unlearn some of them.

Rule #2: “Spell everything right.” The second rule I heard growing up was that you should spell things correctly when you’re writing. 155 more words

Pep Talk Princess: Fighting With Failure

This post is going to go into very real, very raw territory. But that is something that is needed when establishing community, and I think it’s something every writer faces: the idea of failure. 907 more words


Money Matters: A Brief History Of Currency

E.L. Skip Knox recently published a great post on one of my favorite resources, Mythic Scribes, titled, History for Fantasy Writers: Money. Knox is the creator of the fantasy world called  1,115 more words