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Resurrecting a Shelved Manuscript

Please welcome new contributor Sonja Yoerg to Writer Unboxed today! We’re thrilled to have her join the team, and sure you’ll love her post on circling back to a shelved manuscript. Welcome, Sonja! A couple months ago, I opened a file I hadn’t touched in almost five years—the first novel …

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Scrivener 3’s New Approach to Compile

In an attempt to make compiling (combining and exporting) your work in Scrivener 3 easier, you can now choose the final appearance of your manuscript based on a visual representation. Whether you’re producing an ebook for an online retailer or sending out the first 50 pages of your manuscript to an …

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Middle Scenes: A Non-Linear Approach

Have you ever felt impatient listening to a co-worker, friend or spouse relate a story?  While you were listening, did you mentally drum your fingertips and think to yourself, get to the point! If you’ve had that feeling, then you know how I feel while reading many middle scenes in …

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Big Issues. Small Stories.

Our social media feeds are cluttered with the significant yet chaotic issues of the day. Either we’re resisting or resisting the resistance. I’ve engaged in a war of words on occasion via Facebook and Twitter, trying to convince someone I can’t recall ever meeting in real life to consider my …

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A Smarter Author Platform for the Digital Era of Publishing

Please welcome former WU contributor Jane Friedman back to WU today! Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder (with WU’s Porter Anderson) of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously …

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Catherine McKenzie and The Good Liar

Catherine McKenzie isn’t just a WU contributor; she’s the bestselling author of eight novels, including Hidden and Fractured. She lives in Montreal, Canada where she’s a partner in a litigation boutique. Her latest novel, The Good Liar, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was called “a riveting thriller” …

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Quiz Your Fear

Please welcome author Laura Heffernan back to WU today! Book 3 in Laura’s America’s Next Reality Star series released just this month. Said bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale of the series: “Smart, witty, and really freaking good, America’s Next Reality Star is a fun read that has you cheering from the first paragraph …

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Writing About Personal Suffering

I just wrote a book that I never thought I would write. And now I am now writing this post that I never thought I would write. As a writer I have written on food, lifestyle, travel, family, work, and love. I have written nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. But never …

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What Mystery Propels Your Novel?

Photo by Pixabay, CC0 Some years ago, as a nervous newbie attending my first writing conference, I overheard an interesting conversation. An instructor was explaining to another attendee that a famous writer, whose name I missed, had once said all good novels, regardless of genre, were ultimately mysteries. The idea instantly …

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Dealing with Judgment

As writers, we dread judgment. It can be enormously painful to hear something very negative about work you’ve slaved over, work you love, maybe even work you think is your very best.  Shutting out those voices in the modern world can be quite challenging.    How to manage? On a …

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