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Silent Aches

I have always been able to describe the ache—the ache in my shoulders from sitting too long, the ache in my eyes from crying too much, the ache in my heart from missing you, the ache in my hands from holding the cry of my knotted heart.

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How to Catch an Agent with Your Hook

If you’ve pursued publication for any length of time, perhaps you’re already aware of tips and tricks on how to grab an agent’s attention. Maybe you understand the importance of building a presence on social media and learning how to market a book. Maybe you’re even continuing to enter contests and submit to publications in hopes of expanding your credentials. These efforts show your dedication to becoming a well-rounded author, which will help you appear professional to an agent.

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SE Podcast #5: Writing Witty Characters

Today Hope Ann, Josiah DeGraaf, and Rolena Hatfield discuss a specific type of character many of our subscribers love to write: the witty character. They share their favorite examples of this beloved trope, explore its dangers, and give tips for how you can create witty characters who are as complex as they are hilarious.

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Four Ways Pantsers Can Prepare to Write a Story

The methods for planning a novel are endless: character questionnaires, structure templates, prewriting, outlining. Some writers fall into the camp of plotters, where warm-up work is second nature and vital to racking up a word count. But how are those of us who approach the process by the seat of our pants supposed to write amazing stories?

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Every Star in Between

My soul weeps, and its tears glisten in the fading sunlight; emotions run out into the open, empty air of aloneness. On my skin, they trim their graves with salt and leave the ground beneath them thirsty and cracked so that the light might reach my deepest places.

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How to Create Original Slang that Enriches Your Story World

Like me, countless authors are fascinated by languages. Yet few of us have the energy to invent Elvish with its many branches. Coining a handful of phrases and ethnic names is doable, though still challenging. Also, developing a language is time consuming, and you’ll only get to feature it in one book (or perhaps a series).

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