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10 Writing Rules You Can (and Should) Break

publishersweekly.com – Friday July 14, 2017

Let me begin by reminding you—and myself, because of certain things we must routinely remind ourselves, too—that there are, in fact, no rules in fiction. Like, none. (Hell, in this context, the word rule should probably even appear in quotes, just as, say, “reality” has since—when?—1920? 1945? ’53? From November 8, 2016 on, for sure.) And also by reminding us that this general rulelessness is almost certainly a big part of what made us want to write the stuff in the first place. (Remember that joyful whoop that would surge through the classroom whenever Teacher announced that the next assignment was to be creative? Exactly.) Why, if we wanted to follow rules we would’ve leapt to become the low-to-mid-level employees that we’ve had to be anyway in order to buy ourselves all the time we need to learn how to not follow any goddamned rules for a change. Because, regardless of what all these rule enforcers like to tell themselves and others, breaking rules really means writing new ones of your own, which, of course, is way harder than simply following the ones other people came up with. But regardless of how you feel about rules, so long as you’re willing to break them now and then, here are 10 that you should absolutely have at:

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Vermont author says writing what you know isn’t always the best practice

mvtimes.com – Wednesday July 12, 2017

Jeffrey Lent takes a hammer to the popular advice for young writers, “Write what you know,” and shatters it. In his new book, “Before We Sleep,” 17-year-old Katey Snow goes on a journey of self-discovery. The story follows Katey, her mother Ruth, and her father Oliver in a tiny Vermont town in the 1960s as they grapple with the aftereffects of World War II.

Lent, who, to maintain transparency, is my uncle, has written numerous historical fiction books including “In the Fall” and “A Slant of Light.” He will be on a panel at “Islanders Write” on August 14, talking about how to write believable characters from a different gender. I sat down with him recently to talk about gender in literature, and why it’s important to go beyond what you know.

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How To Launch Your Freelance Writing Career

forbes.com – Wednesday July 12, 2017

There is lots of content out there about what a great career freelance writing is. And they make it look so easy. You just hook up with an agency, take gigs from job boards, sign up on “bid to write” sites, and life becomes wonderful – you can sit on the beach, just write, and make boatloads of money.

If this is what you think launching a freelance writing career is all about, then you may be looking in the wrong career direction.

Granted, freelance writing is in high demand, has a low barrier to entry and is suitable as a side gig for students or 9-to-5 workers. But, becoming a successful freelance writer and making good money involves lots of work and some lean times before you achieve a good income. Here are six strategies you can use that will build your business steadily.

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Want to know the secret to writing a great crime novel?

irishtimes.com – Saturday July 8, 2017

Can You Keep a Secret? is the name of Karen Perry’s forthcoming novel. It is applicable to the content and action of the narrative of the novel but not to how it was written, or any other novel for that matter. Because there is no secret. No formula, no magic potion, and no short cut to what goes into the writing of a novel. And it doesn’t matter what genre we are talking about. It doesn’t matter whether the novel is a thriller, a mystery or a literary novel. Yes, that’s right, the literary novel is a genre, too. Each genre comes with its own codes and conventions, but that does not mean there is a formula.

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5 Apps That Will Help You Finish Writing Your Book

inc.com – Saturday July 8, 2017

Authors are not immune to procrastination, nor to distraction. To write a book requires dedication and a consistent writing schedule, but any author will tell you that the kind of focus needed to finish something as long as a book doesn't come naturally. It's a skill that they have developed over time through continued practice.

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10 Writing Strategies Any Aspiring Author Can Use To Win Camp NaNoWriMo

bustle.com – Thursday July 6, 2017

Tackling NaNoWriMo, but feel as though you need all the help you can get? I've got 10 winning NaNoWriMo strategies that any writer can use to make it to their 50,000-word goal. Even if you've never even heard of NaNoWriMo until right at this moment, I've got you covered.

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When does a writer become a professional?

thebookseller.com – Wednesday July 5, 2017

At what point does a writer earn the right to declare they are A Writer without a self-deprecating smirk? When does a website of online fan fiction, run as a passion project, become part of The Publishing Industry? How many copies of your ebook do you have to sell before your mate, who sorted the cover, is A Bona Fide Book Designer?

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Meet the woman, 50, who earns a six figure income writing ROMANCE NOVELS while holding down a part time job (and it all started with a chat with the girls over wine)

dailymail.co.uk – Wednesday June 28, 2017

If you've ever dreamed of writing yourself into a love story or becoming a bestselling romantic author, now's the time to do so.

At least that's what New Zealand woman and USA Today's bestselling author Bronwen Evans, 50, believes.

The author, now part-time businesswoman and president of Romance Writers New Zealand spoke to Daily Mail Australia about her success, and how to get started.

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Want to learn how to write a crime book? Just ask the experts

dailyrecord.co.uk – Wednesday June 28, 2017

New crime writer Chris McGarry spoke to Scottish crime heavyweights Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre to get insider knowledge on writing a hit.

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I thought writing novels from home was the dream - I didn't realise how lonely I had become

telegraph.co.uk – Monday June 26, 2017

Days had gone by when I realised I hadn’t left my house. I had got up every morning and showered, hit my desk to write a couple of thousand words, had leftovers for lunch, welcomed the children back from school, made dinner for everyone, then went to bed leaving my husband working downstairs. I hadn’t spoken to anyone but my family in days.

I used to chat with friends throughout the day, but now we all seem to prefer to text than phone. We leave messages underneath Facebook posts, and should one of us try to make plans, we never quite manage to synchronize diaries.

One of my dearest friends lives around the corner, and works for the International Animal Rescue. She works at home too. We text each other regularly saying ‘let’s meet for lunch’, but I am on deadline, or she is running to New York for a meeting and then I realise just how lonely I have become.

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