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5 Things to Know About Writing as a Business

5 Things to Know About Writing as a Business   Commercial publishing is a business.  You can be a wonderful person who is kind to animals and always pays your bills on time, and still not get any traction.  Don’t take it personally. Persevere. There are writers who have great success by following exactly none […]

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The Art of Collaboration

The Art of Collaboration   Let’s start with a couple of definitions.   Plotter: A writer who carefully plans the story they’re going to write, laying out a logical plot chapter by chapter and actually sticking with the plan. Pantster: A seat-of-the-pants writer who doesn’t know on page five what’s going to happen on page […]

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Ten Writing Tips

The Art of Collaboration

The Art of Collaboration As we prepare for the release of our tenth book together, we realize that, by necessity, we’ve learned a lot about the art of collaboration.  Although we’d each been writing individually for over twenty years before embarking on this new chapter of our careers, nothing quite prepared us for the give-and-take […]

Writing Tips: 5 Tips for Building a Page-Turner

Writing Tips: 5 Tips for Building a Page-Turner   Recently I was a panelist at a conference for writers and readers. The four authors on stage were supposed to share, with a hotel conference room full of fans and aspiring writers, tips for keeping readers turning the pages. How does an author construct a plot […]

How to be a Writer: The Steps for Success

How to be a Writer: The Steps for Success Step One: Be a reader. Every writer starts out that way. Chances are, we fell in love with books before we even knew what to call them. Our parents and caregivers and teachers read to us, and we were transported. My father read us The Watchbirds […]

 KARIN SLAUGHTER’S KILLER WRITING TIPS 

 KARIN SLAUGHTER’S KILLER WRITING TIPS    Find an isolated place: a quiet room, the Georgia Mountains, your closet, wherever. Sequester yourself for weeks at a time. Write until you’re exhausted and hallucinating. Sleep for a few hours. Then do it again.   Ignore your adorable cats. Sit down at your computer to just start writing already! […]

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Nine things I’ve learned writing a first draft

Nine things I’ve learned writing a first draft   1)         Beginning is really hard – It’s always daunting to open up a blank page. It always feels insurmountable to turning nothing into an 85,000-word novel, but just writing 500 words a day makes a first draft in less than six months. I know that the […]

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Eight Great Books About Writing

  My 8 Favorite Books on Writing   Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain It was written all the way back in 1974, but this is my favorite book on the list. So much good advice in here, but the best is: Move a story along quickly by making sure you have two […]