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Your diction is, essentially, your voice in writing. It is how you phrase your sentences and which words you use. Proper diction is paramount in writing, particularly in fiction. There are three traditional types of diction – formal, informal and slang. Formal diction is, rather obviously, the use of formal, more poetic words. Old English…

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 “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ― Brad Paisley The New Year is here, and you know what that means; it’s time to quit stalling and start writing! Here are five helpful resolutions for any determined wordsmith in 2016: Resolve to Find Your Voice. The first step in…

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So you’ve written your book. Now it’s onto finding a publisher. How do you craft a pitch that will have them begging to publish your book? To perfect your pitch, you must focus on three elements: manuscript, appearance and presentation. Only one element has to do with the book itself; the other two pertain entirely…

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“With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.” – Ali Smith Short stories are probably among the most difficult stories to write, solely for the fact that you do not have all the time to introduce characters and reveal plot that…

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This time of year is a time to reflect on the things we are thankful for; here at Next Century Publishing, one of things we are thankful for is books! Vera Nazarian said, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” Here are the top five…

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National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, runs from November 1st – November 30th. That is 30 days to complete a novel! While some might see this as an impossible task, over 300,000 writers participate in the challenge yearly. Keep in mind that the goal is not to have a novel ready for publication, just finished. No editing and…

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Writing children’s books, and getting published, can be tricky. Here are 10 tips to help you maximize your writing, and the subsequent publishing process: Consider Why You Want to Write Children’s Books Think about why you want to write a children’s book. Perhaps you have kid’s and have found a need in the world of children’s…

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Writing a book is not as daunting of a task as one might think! As with any project, writing a book can be broken down into a few easy steps to make the task at hand more manageable. Here are 5 easy steps to writing your novel: Write Every Day Write a “Bad” Book First Finish…

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If You Are Trying To Write A Killer Story That Really Grabs Your Reader’s Attention, There Are Some Things You Should Keep In Mind. Here are 3 secrets to writing a truly stand-out story: Cause and EffectEvery event MUST be caused by the action that precedes it. Let’s look at an example: if you were writing…

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Writing a successful book from which you make a profit and get notoriety as an author is extremely difficult. But if one puts in the time and effort that it requires, it is one of the most rewarding things on the planet! There are more and more authors emerging each year, but rarely do they…

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