How to use action to break up dialogue without disrupting the flow of the story?

I've been asked a writer question: How to use action to break up dialogue without disrupting the flow of the story? It’s easy to do and hard to explain. The short answer is that you blend the two together throughout the entire story so there are few if any scenes that are entirely one or …

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Should an author have a writing portfolio blog?

I've been asked a writer question: Should an author have a writing portfolio blog? I suppose a writer can exist without writing credits to pull out whenever the occasion requires, but it’s a lot easier to show prospective clients and publishers what you can do if you have samples of your writing at your fingertips. …

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Is it possible to write about a situation very precisely without even going through it?

I've been asked:   Can you write precisely about something you’ve never experienced? Writers do it all the time and some of them do it very well. But there’s a caveat and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a big one. You can picture the situation and imagine what it would be like and then you …

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Is it a good idea to write an entire first draft with no editing whatsoever?

I've been asked:  Should you edit as you write your first draft or wait until you are done with the entire manuscript? Good question. Nanowrimo says to just get in there and write and don’t stop until you reach the end. There’s a good reason to follow that advice, namely that if you keep revising …

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Why is it that every time I sit down to write I hit a wall after a couple of paragraphs? How can I have better thoughts?

I've been asked:  How to have better thoughts and not hit that wall after only a couple of paragraphs? Organize them! If you sit down at your computer and start writing without knowing where you are going or why you are heading in that direction, just that you have a thought that sounds good at …

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What do I do with a novel that is the wrong subject matter.

I've been asked:  What to do with a novel that’s well written but not marketable now because no one is buying books about the subject matter? Put the manuscript on a shelf and pull it out later when the world has moved on and people — and publishers — are eager for books on that …

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