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10 things serious writers do without fail

Serious writers cultivate specific habits. Read Amy Tan on the impetus for writing, Murakami on acquiring endurance and more.

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Book marketing Book publishing Writing Process

How to create a business plan for writers

Business plans for writers are valuable documents for setting, tracking and learning from goals and strategies for selling books. Read 9 steps for developing a thorough plan.

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Editing Writing Process

Manuscript evaluations: What, why, and insights

Manuscript evaluations or assessments are one of several options for getting detailed, professional feedback to elevate your writing. Learn more.

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How long it takes to write a novel (hacks to finish faster)

How long does it take to write a novel? Are there ways to speed the process up when writing to deadline (or impatient to get the draft done)? Read on for answers.

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What is NaNoWriMo? Rules and reasons to do it

What is NaNoWriMo? What are NaNoWriMo’s rules for participation, and what are the benefits of joining this November-long novel-writing tradition? Learn more.

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Finding ideas How to start a book Writing Process

Book ideas: 12 fun ways to find them

Read 12 fun ways to find a book idea, from exploring myths and legends to poring through digital archives, doing as Disraeli advised, and more.

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Writing Process Writing tools

Story planner success: How to organize your novel

Being a story planner is not necessarily vital for success. Some writers swear by seeing where a loose, less structured writing process takes them. Yet this may take longer, and there are other risks to having no story scaffolding. Learn how to organize your novel using methods such as online story planners and tools, annotation and story planner templates:

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How a novel writing coach helps you get better faster

The benefits of coaching in athletics and business are well known. How does a novel writing coach help you write your story, though? Read on for eight insights into how coaching works, and why:

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Writing Process

Writing focus: 9 ways to improve yours

When you’re writing, your focus isn’t ‘on’ every day of the week. Improve your writing focus so you can get to work and finish your story. Try these 9 strategies for the busy writer: