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Communicating With Your Beta Reader
Your working relationship with your beta reader is based on trust. That starts with understanding each other’s expectations and communication style.

What Does This Couple Want?
Here is a picture writing prompt for you. What is this cute young couple up to? Clearly they are sharing a moment of intense communication over some issue or question.

Do You Care When Trends Corrupt Language?
Language changes all the time because every subculture needs a trendy way to express itself. This leads to linguistic trends that sweep the population, enter the mainstream, and establish themselves as acceptable over time though they break the rules of grammar and use words in unusual new ways.

Unsmiling Young Man Photo Writing Prompt
This photo writing prompt features a young man with an unsmiling gaze who should pique your imagination. What kind of person is he? What thoughts are running through his mind? From what action has the photographer just distracted him?

Six Tips For Working With Beta Readers
Beta readers test-drive your fiction before it gets published and they give you valuable feedback while you can still make improvements. If you are lucky enough to have one or more beta readers, here are some tips on creating the best possible working relationship with them.

What is With All the Pillows?
What on earth is going on in this photo writing prompt? Where are these people? What’s with all the pillows?

Show Characterization Without Slowing The Pacing
The last thing a writer wants is to slow the pacing of the story with a lot of descriptive freight.So how do you show characterization and keep the story moving? You do it in strategic glimpses, woven into the action. You can do it with dialog, thoughts, decisions, and actions.

Book Blurbs That Are Too Long
Try to keep your book blurb no longer than 200 to 300 words. Readers tend to scan book blurbs restlessly, sometimes many at once, looking for escapism and entertainment in a world bursting with choices. They will get bored and irritated if they have to read a too-long book blurb.

What Are These Opposite Types Doing Together?
This picture writing prompt might just make your imagination run riot attempting to explain who are these very different two men and how are they interacting together.

How Explicit Should You Make Your Sex Scene?
There are many ways to write an amorous encounter from a mere mention (“and then they made love,”) to pages of detailed description. You decide based on several variables.

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