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NaNoWriMo: Prepare for National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo: Prepare for National Novel Writing Month

Setting out to write a novel can be daunting. This fact is true for both the seasoned veteran and the first-time novelist. Fortunately, all writers can participate in a free event called NaNoWriMo, which provides support and encouragement through an annual month-long...

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Subgenres: Where SciFi Meets Fantasy

Subgenres: Where SciFi Meets Fantasy

Have you ever wondered why “Science Fiction & Fantasy” is one combined section of the book store—especially when our mental images of the two genres might feel very different? Typically, science fiction depicts a plausible, explainable future, with robots or...

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The Benefits of Reading with Children

The Benefits of Reading with Children

Many of us have heard the Harry Truman quote “...all leaders are readers.” As trends in education inform us, these reading habits can be cultivated at a young age. Parents, teachers, and even older siblings help develop children’s mental, emotional, and academic...

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Kidlit: Writing For Young Children

Kidlit: Writing For Young Children

Stories are where many of us first learn to use our imagination and think outside ourselves. We learn to empathize, experiment, and build connections through the power of words. According to Jim Trelease, author of best-selling Read-Aloud Handbook, several studies...

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When Is Fair Use Fair

When Is Fair Use Fair

Michele Preisendorf & Angela EschlerWhen Is Fair Use Fair? Writers love quotes, songs, and funny or inspirational images. What word-nerd doesn’t? We tape them on our mirrors, dashboards, and walls and post them to our websites. We like them to set the tone for our...

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7 Steps for Hiring a Good Editor

7 Steps for Hiring a Good Editor

Victoria Passey1. Understand the different types of editing. There are several types of editing: content/developmental editing, substantive/deep-line editing, copyediting, and proofreading, as well as edits for style guides and fact-checking. Together, they create a...

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