To beta or not to beta

This is the second blog post in a row I’ve written on etiquette and the irony hasn’t escaped me: yes, I am a potty-mouthed, socially inappropriate reprobate who struggles not to tell parents their babies look like elderly wizards. It’s also ironic that I’m advising people how to be graceful. I’m roughly the size and shape […]

via Critiquette: Giving and Receiving Writing Feedback with Grace — Anna Kaling – Romance Author

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What Readers Want

I posed a question to writers and readers on Twitter, Facebook, and in real life: As a reader, what plots/characters/themes/tropes would you like to see MORE of? I got some really cool responses! The most common replies were overwhelmingly: better representation for LGBQT characters fewer coming out stories non-tragic characters less romantic plot lines more […]

via What Readers Want MORE Of… — Jette Harris

Books for Fantasy Writers

What books should fantasy writers read? Well, any books they like, actually, and the more the better, but what I am getting at is what books might help us to be better writers? Here are some ideas for books I have found useful, broken down into categories for your comfort and convenience.

But before I do, can I just say that if you want advice on the building blocks of novel-writing, and are intimidated by the jargons used in works of literary advice, or are perhaps new to this whole writing a book lark, hie you at once to Jesse’s Studio, where the estimable Jesse Stuart has just such (excellent) advice laid out in clear and easy to understand language.

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