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Scene, Summary, Postcard: 3 Types of Scenes in Commercial, Upmarket, and Literary Fiction

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash Today’s post is by author, book coach, and developmental editor Lidija Hilje. It’s often said that scenes are the fundamental building blocks of a story—the smallest units that propel the narrative forward. But what precisely constitutes a scene, and what types of scenes are there? Typically,...

Thu Feb 22, 2024 12:11
When—and Why—Reveals Don’t Work

Photo by George Milton Today’s post is by editor Tiffany Yates Martin (@FoxPrintEd). Join her on Wednesday, March 6, for the online class Secrets, Twists, and Reveals. Every story is a mystery, the reader seduced by that inexorable pull to know what happens next, and why. It’s the author’s job to create questions that readers...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 12:44
Set Up the Perfect Online Press Kit

Photo by cocarinne Today’s post is by author and website designer Camilla Monk. How’s your press kit doing these days? Mine was virtually non-existent until I attended an excellent presentation on author press kits hosted by agent Sarah Fisk for the Authors Guild. Sarah’s insightful and actionable advice led me to reflect on what...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:27
Structure: The Safety Net for Your Memoir

Today’s post is by writer and editor Lisa Cooper Ellison. Join her on Wednesday, Feb. 21, for the online class Find the Memoir Structure That Works for You. A few weeks ago, I geeked out on structure with screenwriter, filmmaker, and budding memoirist Alyson Shelton. During our conversation, she said, “Structure is the safety...

Mon Feb 19, 2024 12:16
3 Ways to Experiment with Memoir Structure to Improve Your Narrative Arc

Today’s post is by writer and editor Lisa Cooper Ellison. Join her on Wednesday, Feb. 21, for the online class Find the Memoir Structure That Works for You. Most memoir first drafts consist of stories writers have told themselves or everyone else. Some of those tales have great punchlines or stab the reader’s heart so deeply they...

Fri Feb 16, 2024 12:28
What Taylor Swift’s Vault Tracks Can Teach You About Not Killing Your Darlings

Today’s post is by writer and editor Sarah Welch. I write a lot about killing your darlings. Or, rather, not killing your darlings but saving them for later. These scraps that say something beautiful or important to you, but don’t ultimately fit in your current work-in-progress, can still have serious value for another project...

Thu Feb 15, 2024 12:13

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