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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

“We die. That may be the meaining of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." Toni Morrison

A Writing Tool

Jane Friedman has recently updated her Key Book Publishing Paths for 2021-2022. This downloadable graphic provides the who, how, what, and why for traditional, hybrid, small, and indie presses as well as social publishing. It is a valuable tool for anyone considering how to get their writing into the world.

Revising Tip

Fix big issues first. When you revise, start with the biggest story-level issues. Is there a clearly defined character arc for your protagonist? Are the stakes high enough? Does the pacing work, or does it read too fast or too slow in all the wrong places? Are there plot holes (places where the plot isn't logical)? It makes no sense to fix grammar and other small errors that may end up being cut because of larger story problems. If you don't know if your story has big issues, find a book coach, editor, or critique partner. It takes a village to write a novel - don't be afraid to ask for help.

There's a Story Here: Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

What story would you write about this photo?

Next Step Book Coach - If you're ready to start your novel, are stuck in the middle, or have finished and need to know what to do next - we can help.


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