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How to Write an Author Bio
Regrettable author bios come in two types. First, the one that includes too many superficial details that quickly become outdated. Second, the off-putting bio that comes across badly to the readers. Keep your author bio brief and timeless.

Is Self-Publishing Right For You?
Is self-publishing right for you? Now more than ever, self-publishing is uncomplicated and inexpensive, but it requires hard work. Self-publishing could be a good fit for you. When making the decision to self-publish or go with a traditional royalties-paying publisher, consider the following issues.

Know the Unwritten Rules of Your Genre
In order to write successfully in a certain genre, you must know the unwritten rules in short, what the readers in that genre want to see. This is overlooked by countless writers who either jump eagerly into a specific genre without researching it first, or knowingly try to break the rules.

Man Lost in Thought Photo Prompt
Here is another photo writing prompt for you, which illustrates the power of an ambiguous expression. What is this young man thinking? What emotion is he feeling? You could interpret his story a million different ways to fit several different genres.

Man with Phone Writing Prompt
The man in this photo writing prompt looks a bit like a fish out of water. He should spark some creative ideas as to how he, dressed as he is, got to where he is. Talk about a mismatch between snappy attire and bucolic surroundings!

Memory Versus Flashback
In fiction, what is the difference between a memory and a flashback? A memory summarizes the past, but a flashback shows an actual scene from the past which is integrated into the present-day story.

Open Range is a Classic Western Film
Still wondering about the difference between the Classic Western fiction genre and the New Western fiction genre? Let me illustrate with movies. Classic Western Open Range is filled with optimism and heroism. New Western Unforgiven exudes cynicism and despair. This article contains plot spoilers.

Red Ball in Window Writing Prompt
Here is another example of how a landscape photo can be just as effective as a people photo in suggesting a story. Feast your eyes on this bizarre image. What is going on in that upper window? What will happen to the people in the apartment below? You be the judge.

Reference Books Fiction Writers Need
As a fiction writer, you need a few reference books to help smooth your writing into its most accessible finished state. The more polished your writing, the more willing an agent or editor will be work with you. This is because you have just made their jobs much easier.

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.

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