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Now That You’ve Survived NaNoWriMo

Today’s guest post is by Victor Salinas:

If you participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you’ve spent the last month grueling over your new manuscript. For thirty days you’ve slaved away at your keyboard, madly typing, and at last, you’ve got it!

A new story is born. But it still has a long way to go.

What else does your story need to mature into its finished form?

For those you that didn’t participate in National Novel Writing Month, these same steps will help you finish any manuscript before submitting it to an agent or publisher for publication.

Step One: The First (and Sobering) Review

For some, December 1 is a lot like a hangover. It’s the day after a long binge of gut-wrenching indulgence. It’s the first respite after a month-long marathon of clacking keys and gallons of coffee.

Buried within your computer files or under that stack of hand-scrawled notebooks is your baby. It’s your pride and joy. Your gem. But I’m going to be frank with you—it ain’t pretty. Your baby is most likely a hideous mess. And I mean that in as kind a way as possible. Continue Reading…

The 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing and How You Can Correct Them

This year, I, along with four other editors, have been going deep into the fatal flaws of fiction writing on Wednesdays. We hope you’ve been enjoying all the posts and benefiting from all the many discussions and examples we’ve shared. The response from readers has been wonderful, and it’s our hope you’ve been learning much to help you spot the fatal flaws and fix them.

The best way to benefit from this huge amount of content is to have it all at your fingertips for easy access. As with the other courses I’ve taught on Live Write Thrive the last few years, we have compiled and reworked these blog posts, added a truckload of additional material and Before and After passages, put in checklists and bonus passages, and created this new writing craft book in The Writer’s Toolbox Series.

We believe this book will be an invaluable resource for every fiction writer, and you can preorder it now as a Kindle ebook here! The print book will release with the ebook on December 1. If you’re looking for holiday gifts for your writer friends, look no further! Continue Reading…

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Writers Need Editors

Today’s guest post is from editor and author Blake Atwood:

What’s the first thing you do after writing the final word of your book’s final draft?

I push away from my computer, take a deep breath that tastes like satisfaction, then just as quickly pull myself back to my desk to send the manuscript to my editor.

It wasn’t always this way. Continue Reading…

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