• How to Limit Echo Words in Your Novel

    What are echo words? Sometimes called “echoes” instead, this is just another way writers and editors refer to words or phrases that are being repeated a little too often, too close together. These echoes may be accidental or deliberate, but either way, they risk distracting the reader and pulling them out of the story. None…

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  • Crafting Morally Gray Characters

    If you’re anywhere near BookTok or Bookstagram these days, you’ve probably seen books advertised as having “morally gray characters” or “a morally gray MMC,” to name the two more popular versions of the trope. Maybe you love morally gray characters and want to craft your own. If so, welcome! Let’s talk about it. What is…

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  • Is self-publishing right for you?

    The self-publishing industry is bigger than ever, and many authors are now contemplating going this route. But how do you know if it’s the right path for you? Self vs. Traditional Publishing The distinction between these two paths is pretty straightforward: In self-publishing, the author publishes the work themselves. They typically hire professional freelancers to…

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  • Avoiding Info Dumps in Worldbuilding

    Fantasy and sci-fi writers are pros of worldbuilding. I mean, y’all are out here creating entirely new worlds and civilizations! It’s amazing. But there are also limitations to how much worldbuilding you can show in one book and things you want to avoid. One thing to avoid? Info dumps. We’ve all heard that term; maybe…

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