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Flash Fiction: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Flash Fiction is something I’ve been trying out a little on my Patreon. It’s a form of storytelling involving extremely condensed action and narrative. Often it won’t even have a...

Figuring Out Genre by Paul Anthony Shortt
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One of the first things any writer should work out is what genre they want to write in. Not only does it help with querying to agents and publishers, since...

Improving Readability by Paul Anthony Shortt
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It’s one of the most important parts of writing, yet it’s so basic that many might overlook it in their efforts to become better writers. Readability affects every aspect of...

Writing Workshops: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Writing isn’t easy. There are few degree-level courses you can take in it, and it can be difficult to nail down objective skills that will make one a ‘good writer,’...

Cover Love: Creating Irresistible Covers by Sam Blake
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There’s nothing more exciting than seeing your book cover art for the first time. When I was sent the original images for Little Bones, a point that it had taken...

Writing Two Books at Once: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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It’s difficult enough to write just one book, so why would anyone try to write two (or more) at a time? Well, the industry is more competitive than ever. If...

Earning an Income from Short Stories: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony...
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I find short stories a real challenge. My natural inclination is to come up with long-running story lines that take my characters across a series of adventures. I love watching...

Using a Pen Name: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Some of the most renowned authors in history worked under pen names. George Elliott, Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain, even J.K. Rowling. All saw a need to use a different name...

Making Sense of Tense: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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One of the most popular articles from our archives: Not many first-time authors pay much consideration to deciding what tense to write in. Exactly which tense an author feels most...

Copyright and Trademarks: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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If you haven’t heard of #CockyGate, I’d suggest reading up on it. It’s a matter of no small concern, not only for what it could mean to the industry to...