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Why Readers Hate the Generic City
The “Generic City” is a much-hated writing mistake that results when writers are too lazy, rushed, or intimidated to fill in an actual setting for their fiction. So they keep the setting vague and unnamed to avoid spending much time on it.

Why Use a Pen Name?
A pen name, also known as a pseudonym, is an author name that you choose to attach to your writing. Why would authors want to publish their work under anything other than their real names?

Why Use Picture Writing Prompts?
Picture writing prompts are better than text writing prompts at bypassing your analytical mind with an image and eliciting a strong emotional response that makes you want to write.

Why Use Text Writing Prompts?
Text writing prompts are better than picture writing prompts at conveying complex situations with precision.

Word Count and Fiction Lengths
Why worry about word count? After you finish writing your fiction project to whatever length it needs to be, you must know its approximate length category to market it.

Worst Three Fiction Blurb Mistakes
Blurb writing is similar to writing poetry in that you must be very succinct and make each word count. As with everything, you get better with practice. Here are three common mistakes to avoid as you attempt to improve your blurbs.

Write an Accurate Fiction Blurb
Your blurb should avoid major plot spoilers and remain succinct while conveying a tantalizing glimpse of your hero, his world, and his big problem. You must also clarify your story’s genre and overall feel.

Writing the Blurb and the Synopsis
Fiction writers who wish to publish must learn to write a blurb and a synopsis. Both can be challenging to create, but it helps to understand their vastly different requirements and purposes. Composing blurb and synopsis can give you a deeper understanding of your fiction project.

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