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A Mental Health Checkup for Writers

Flickr Creative Commons: darkday I ignored the signs for months, convinced the anxiety, crying jags, insomnia, and moments of rage were hormonal potholes on Perimenopause Lane. In my defense, life has thrown a few curveballs since December. Before I could send out queries on my newly completed manuscript, I came …

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All the King’s Editors–Sarah Callender

This post is the next in the ‘All the King’s Editors’ series, the brainchild of WU contributor Dave King. In this series, WU contributors edit manuscript pages submitted by members of the larger WU community, and discuss the proposed changes. This is intended to be an educational format, and we hope …

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The Power and Value of Critique Partners

I think there’s a common vision of the writer as a loner. Supposedly we all sit alone in our small dim rooms, hunched over the blue glow of our laptops, muttering to ourselves as we try to work out the perfect sequence of words. (I may or may not be …

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Art and Social Change

Nostalgia by Flickr user TMAB2003 I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately. If the popularity of books and movies like Ready Player One, as well as the constant stream of remakes, reboots, and sequels are anything to go by, I’m not the only one. It makes a certain amount of sense that …

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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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