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Self-Indulgence Can Harm Your Writing
There is a well-known writing tip that advises beginning writers to pick out their favorite passage, dialog, scene, or plotline in their novel – and to delete it. Your favorite material is not necessarily your best material, and it could be your worst.

Should Fiction Authors Speak Out on Issues?
As a fiction author, you can write whatever social and political themes you like into your work. But should you step beyond your fiction writing and speak out on the internet or in interviews on social and political issues? The decision is yours, but it carries risk.

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.

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.

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The Mind-Blowing Many Worlds Interpretation
The many-worlds interpretation is a physics concept with a specific application to quantum mechanics, but it can also stimulate the fiction writer’s imagination.

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?

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.

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.

What is a Beta Reader?
A beta reader provides feedback from the typical reader's viewpoint on a piece of fiction before it is published. This is part of the revision process but differs from an editor’s job, which is broader in scope.

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