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Research Your Novel on a Rambling Road Trip

By Kris Maze

Summertime is fun time, but it can also provide useful insights to your writing. I’m planning my next minor road trip close to home (*ahem, looking at you, gas pump) and making the most of these opportunities away from my writing desk.… Read the post

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Re-gear Your Writing Career—Take Risks to Revitalize

By Kris Maze

You’ve written a book.  Or three.  Or three hundred.

You’re examining the road to publication. Or starting to query. Or multi-contracted.

You’re dutifully working through your first draft. Or working with an editor.  Or a publisher.

Wherever you are in your writing career, it may feel frustrating, tiresome, or difficult to continue on your passion of writing a book. … Read the post

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How to Create a Powerful Synopsis to Sell Your Novel

By Kris Maze

When sending out work to an editor or publisher, you will most often need a specific set of documents they will request. Query letter, check! First fifty pages, check! Synopsis, wait what? I don’t know why, but many of us balk at the thought of creating this tidy little summary of our book baby.… Read the post

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Six Ways to fix Manuscript Problems with an Outline

by Kris Maze

A hammer and wrench lie on top of a silver computer keyboard

You typed your last keystroke of your manuscript. The room hums with the last words on the page. Celebrate and cha-cha around your living room. It’s a milestone, whether you've done it once or one million times. Take a break and share with someone! … Read the post

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7 Foolproof Tricks to Outsmart Writing Procrastination

by Kris Maze

Writer’s Block can strike us all in the most inconvenient times, but today I want to offer seven tips to authors prone to procrastination. Some of us are like the tortoise and the hare—racing to the WIP finish line just to get side-tracked by the comforts or distractions of life, like the fabled rabbit’s nap.… Read the post

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