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Polish your masterpiece before you hit publish. Our top tips for finishing touches are here.

From the editor's desk: 5 words to cut from your rough draft

Finished the first full draft of your story or—whoa!—novel? Good for you! Go celebrate. When you’re through, come on back, it’s editing time. We’ll wait. Ah, editing...

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Create a character that jumps off the page--here's how

When writing a story, it can be a pretty tricky business to create a character three-dimensional enough to be believable. After all, the only things you can...

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Got ya covered! How to pick a killer one for your story

Yeah, yeah, everyone always says “never judge a book by its cover.” The thing is, we always do. So why not give your story the best...

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30 awesome action verbs to replace "is," "are" and "was"

Sometimes, verbs of being are necessary. But a lot of the time, “is,” “are,” “was” and “were” are B-O-R-I-N-G, boring. We challenge you to run through...

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4 "A"-mazing literary devices that will make your writing stronger

There are more literary devices out there than we can count, let alone memorize. Here are four that should be in your repertoire, though. This...

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Be a dialogue diva: 3 exercises to help you write a better conversation

If your he said, she said is stuck in a monotonous grind, listen up, lady! We’re showing you how to tweak your speech to get it...

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