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Writing Nonfiction

Eight preparatory steps necessary to successfully write a nonfiction book. Choose your topic. The first thing you want to do as you prepare to write a nonfiction book is choose a topic for your project carefully. This may seem like … Continue reading

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“To Be” or not “To Be”

How to Eliminate “To Be” Verbs Identify−Students need to memorize the “to be” verbs to avoid using them and to revise those that they have used in essays: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been. Teach students to self-edit by circling … Continue reading

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Why My Manuscript Was Rejected

Here are some of the common reasons the editor didn’t make it through the first chapter: 1. Generic beginnings: Stories that opened with the date or the weather didn’t really inspire interest. According to Harmsworth, you are only allowed to … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Completing Your First Draft

Follow these stages of preparation and production to assemble a first draft of written (or spoken) content. Identify Your Purpose What is the reason for writing the content? Are you objectively presenting information? If so, is it for educational purposes, … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Short Story Success

(From the Web Editor) 1. The main character should FACE a problem/challenge and not BE the problem. Having a main character who is deeply flawed and whom you will “fix” though the story plot does not work for young people. … Continue reading

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Three Tips for Careful Writers

1. Know the Rules This doesn’t mean to simply remember what you learned — or what you think you learned — five or fifty years ago. Careful writers continuously educate and reeducate themselves about grammar, syntax, usage, and style. In … Continue reading

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