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  • Vulnerability

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    As we approach NaNoWriMo, I’ve been thinking a lot about how writing the story on my heart is a powerful exercise in vulnerability. Never thought about it that way? Maybe you should. And, when you do, take pride in the strength it takes to engage in this kind of vulnerability. What got me thinking about […]

  • A Test for Weak Verbs

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    If you perform a search for “was” and “were” in your manuscript, you’ll be shocked at the number of results you get. A glut of weak verbs, especially being verbs, are among the most common prose issues that I see in manuscripts. Now, it’s impossible to avoid being verbs altogether in a novel, and even […]

  • Showing vs. telling

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    When I was a sophomore or junior in high school, I took an online creative writing class, for which I wrote a string of subpar, melodramatic short stories that will never see the light of day. Let’s call it my “creative awkward phase.” I knew I wasn’t as good of a writer as I wanted […]

  • It’s All About You

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    As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, I’m really excited about the newest project here at Quill Pen: the launch of our online courses. Right now, I’m working on developing a number of e-courses aimed at authors and editors, and I’m hoping to launch the first one on Monday! We’re planning a mix of […]

  • We Have a New Website!

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    We are so thrilled to have partnered with Apparatus Digital Creative Agency to bring you the new quillpeneditorial.com. We’ve had a phenomenal experience working with Apparatus, and we highly recommend them as a high-quality designer for your website needs. And more exciting things are coming! Over the next few months, look for the announcements of […]

  • Review: Marissa Meyer’s Cinder

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    Eight months after a lovely young woman recommended Cinder to me at a conference, I got around to reading it. And by “got around to reading it,” I mean, “Read the first three pages, got hooked, bought the book, and devoured the whole thing in one sitting.” I don’t know why it took me so […]

  • Publishing on a budget

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    While my experience in the market suggests that indie publishing is the way to go for writers looking to make a long-term career out of writing fiction, there’s still one major drawback to taking the indie route: It’s expensive. To produce a professional book, including editing, cover art, typesetting, and printing, you’re often looking at […]