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What in the World is Children's Lit?

Sep 09 2010 11:40 PM | Cat Woods in Genre

General writing sites and magazines tend to break juvenile literature into two categories: young adult and children’s. Reality is such that children’s lit includes board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books and middle grade. Each subgen...

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Writing Snazzy Dialogue, Part Two

Sep 09 2010 10:50 PM | J. Lea Lopez in Dialogue

Make sure you read part one, where we cover the first three topics: 1. No talking for talking's sake 2. Don't be afraid of silence 3. Intermittent action We left off discussing how to use supporting action along with your dialogue. Why shoul...

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Help! My Novel Falls Into Multiple Genres!

Sep 07 2010 09:33 AM | Jean Oram in Genre

You've written a lovely story, edited it, kissed it for good luck and are sitting down to write a query letter to send to literary agents. But wait... what genre is this beautiful new story? Uh, oh. First of all, read AQ Crew's wonderful arti...

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Online Critique Websites: Honing Your Manuscrip...

Sep 13 2010 09:04 PM | Pete Morin in The Process

Now that AQC has moved, some of the members might miss having a place to get feedback on WIPs. No need to despair on that account - there are plenty of websites where folks are downright eager to give feedback on all levels of fiction, non-fiction, p...

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Two Sides to Motivation

Nov 08 2010 07:57 AM | RC Lewis in Characters

(Originally posted at Crossing the Helix, November 2010) No, this is not a post on how to get yourself to meet your NaNoWriMo word count goals. This isn't about "get your cursor moving" motivation at all. This is about motivation within...

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Writing Snazzy Dialogue, Part One

Sep 09 2010 10:51 PM | J. Lea Lopez in Dialogue

Many writers, myself included, worry about writing dialogue. Does it flow? Does it sound natural? Is it interesting? I obsess over it in my own writing. If I’m concerned about word count, the first thing I’ll cut is dialogue. It’s easy to write b...

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Recommended Reading

Sep 05 2010 04:31 AM | bigblackcat97 in The Craft

I wanted to take the opportunity to bring to everyone's attention this great series of books for writers. While at first glance it may seem like they are only useful to mystery / crime authors, but that's not the case. I've never written...

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Donald Maass' "A Character's Inner...

Sep 05 2010 05:37 PM | C. Taylor in Characters

A blog post by Donald Maass. http://writerunboxed...an-your-reader/

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Backups, Backups, Backups

Sep 08 2010 12:29 PM | Jean Oram in The Process

Like with certain other aspects of your life, protecting yourself from 'accidents' is something your don't want to put off. The same goes for backing up your writing. Seriously, if you don't have a back up of your work, do so now. Do n...

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Up Submission Creek without a Paddle

Sep 10 2010 09:41 AM | Cat Woods in The Craft

*initially posted on 1/9/2010 at Words from the Woods* We all have strengths and weaknesses, and it's a good thing to know what they are. Especially for a writer. If we fail to properly asses our abilities (or disabilities), we may find ourselve...

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Seven "Karate Belts" of Beta Readers

Sep 10 2010 09:41 AM | Cat Woods in Rewriting and Editing

*originally posted on 1/7/2010 at Words from the Woods) Manuscript critique is an integral part of a writer's journey from rough draft to polished manuscript. When we critique our own work, it's called editing. Each manuscript usually goes t...

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Recommended Reading

Sep 05 2010 08:26 AM | bigblackcat97 in The Craft

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton. Mostly, the focus of this book is on that imperative first line, first page, first chapter. The author cites some wonderful examples of dynamic first line...

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Rhinoceros Hide

Sep 06 2010 08:54 PM | Pete Morin in Rewriting and Editing

Of all the attributes that make up a successful writer, the ability to accept the criticism of others is, I think, the most essential. In this post called Rhinoceros Hide, I discussed an experience here at AQC that caused me to reflect on this again....

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The Author's Skin: Handling Critique

Sep 06 2010 12:51 AM | RC Lewis in Rewriting and Editing

(Originally posted at Crossing the Helix, December 2009) It's got to be thick. I'm thinking rhinoceros-like. Maybe even armor-plated. Constructive criticism can sting the ego, but it's a gift. It gives you another perspective and for...

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Backups, Backups, Backups

Sep 07 2010 03:38 AM | Jean Oram in On Writing

Like with certain other aspects of your life, protecting yourself from 'accidents' is something your don't want to put off. The same goes for backing up your writing. Seriously, if you don't have a back up of your work, do so now. Do n...

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Building Character-- Know More Than Your Reader

Sep 05 2010 05:36 PM | C. Taylor in Characters

A blog post on how to make your characters resonate through their reactions to conflict and their motivations. http://writerunboxed...an-your-reader/

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Best Writing and Editing Books at Your Public L...

Sep 04 2010 05:30 PM | kevinmont in Rewriting and Editing

A quick guide to some of the best writing and editing resources at your public library: Words that Work - Frank Luntz p.14 Don't use fancy substitutes, like "magnificent beast" for a horse. p.88 The last words of a sentence are the most...

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Fun Online Tools to Use During Your Rewriting

Sep 05 2010 04:18 AM | RC Lewis in Rewriting and Editing

Some authors think of rewriting and editing as the "work" part of writing, but there are some online tools that can make it a little more fun ... or just distract you from getting it done. WriteWords' Word Frequency Counter: A great f...

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3-D Writing, Part 3: Despair (and all those oth...

Sep 04 2010 08:01 AM | RobbG in Characters

By Robb Grindstaff 3-D writing is the art of surrounding readers with your story, pulling them in and making them a part of it rather than just a reader. Dialog, Description and Despair are three key facets: the three Ds of 3-D writing. The last key:...

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3-D Writing, Part 2: Description

Sep 04 2010 08:01 AM | RobbG in Characters

By Robb Grindstaff 3-D writing is the art of surrounding readers with your story, pulling them in and making them a part of it rather than just a reader. Dialog, Description and Despair are three key facets: the three Ds of 3-D writing. Next up: DE...

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3-D Writing, Part 1: Dialog

Sep 04 2010 01:01 PM | RobbG in Dialogue

By Robb Grindstaff A couple months ago, my wife and I went to see the movie Avatar in 3-D. I hadn’t seen a 3-D movie since I was a kid in some distant century. 3-D technology has come a long way, even though we still had to wear those silly glasses....

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10 Writing & Networking Lessons

Sep 04 2010 05:01 PM | RobbG in On Writing

What I’ve learned about writing in the past few years would fill a book. But a brief article will have to do for now. First, a quick recap of my fiction journey thus far. My second grade teacher asked all her students what we wanted to be when we grew...

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Handling Critique and Criticism

Sep 04 2010 08:01 AM | RobbG in Rewriting and Editing

Dear Agent/Editor: Please take a look at my enclosed manuscript. If you would be so kind as to reply with some harsh comments telling me why I’m not good enough and should never quit my day job, I would greatly appreciate it. Sincerely, A Writer Tha...

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