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The Pitfalls of Self-Editing

Let’s get this out of the way right at the start. I’m an editor. I’m going to be biased, but I’ve seen this scenario so many times over the years. As an author, you spend months, sometimes years, perfecting your novel, carefully considering each word, crafting every sentence, and polishing …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for being a part of the WU community, everyone! About Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between aspiring novelists Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton in January, 2006. Since then the site has grown to include ~40 regular contributors–including bestselling authors and industry leaders–and frequent guests. You can follow Writer …

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The Gift of Group Writing

Team Work by Mehul Pithadiya   Writing is a solitary sport. Nobody comes to watch you write and cheer you on. You sit alone in a room, just you and your head and your preferred method of writing. To be honest, I find this extremely difficult sometimes. When I go …

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Catching the Train of Thought

The single piece of advice I repeat most often is to get into your characters’ heads — to write with a more intimate point of view. Let’s take a closer look at just what that means. Most writers go wrong by losing track of how everything on the page needs …

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My Map to Immersion

I’ve always loved maps. My earliest memories of map-reading are from family car-trips. My dad would reach into the (gigantic!) glove compartment of our ’68 Chevy Bel Air, and hand back the newest neatly folded roadmap of Michigan from his (gigantic!) pile of maps to my sister and me (hey, …

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Dissecting The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Photo by Max Pixel, CC0 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, though far from being a mystery novel, still managed to perplex the WU Breakthrough Novel Dissection Group more than nearly any of our prior reads. While the concept of the story, which explores England’s emergence from the …

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How to Abandon your NaNoWriMo Novel without Humiliating Yourself

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Most people who start NaNoWriMo never finish their book. They get busy, they run out of steam, life gets in the …

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Search-and-Destroy, or Search-and-Employ?

Please welcome guest Barbara Linn Probst back to WU today! Barbara is a writer, teacher, researcher, and clinician living on a historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley. She holds a PhD in clinical social work and is a dedicated amateur pianist. She is also the author of When …

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Editing Opening Pages for Instant Involvement

Ray’s post today is part of the “All the King’s Editors” series, where an editor from the Writer Unboxed contributor team edits manuscript pages submitted by a member of the WU community. Each participating editor approaches a submission in a unique way, and speaks only for him or herself. Remember, …

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Writing for Audiobook

Do you love audio books?  Maybe you like to devour the latest epic fantasy novel while you’re on an equally epic road trip, or let a new thriller by your favourite writer entertain you during a boring but necessary house clean. Maybe you have a child who adores the Harry …

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