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Take 5: The Sound Between the Notes

Congratulations to Writer Unboxed contributor Barbara Linn Probst on the publication of her 2nd novel, THE SONG BETWEEN THE NOTES, which was released this past week. Described as “a tour de force s…

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Desmond’s Drops: April Edition

Welcome to our third edition of Desmond’s Drops! This month, enjoy three drops about: Your story’s midpoint The inciting incident Establishing an image system Email subscribers, please …

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The Criminal as Hero

Although this post deals specifically with the crime fiction genre, it might prove informative for any of you working on stories with a main character who stands up against an oppressive or corrupt…

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Make your Protagonist an Actor

Establishing “agency”—proving to your reader that your protagonist is equal to the journey ahead—is a craft element worthy of fresh consideration each time you begin a new project. This is especial…

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Novelty and the Novel

Chattering teeth. Wind them up, set them down, and instantly those plastic choppers are clack-clacking away faster than a jackhammer, skittering around in circles on a Formica table top. For a bo…

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Keeping Your Notebook

The writer’s notebook is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself as a writer. It is personal, private, intimate, and real—pretty much the opposite of what social media asks of us. Tha…

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A 2nd Pandemic Book Release: Piece of Cake and Other Silver Linings

Please welcome back today’s guest: author Alison Hammer! During the day, Alison is a VP Creative Director for an advertising agency in Chicago, and nights and weekends, she writes upmarket wo…

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Comic Caption Challenge: Editor and the Easter Bunny, Take 2

We ran this challenge for the first (and only!) time in 2012, when author/illustrator Debbie Ohi was a regular contributor here at WU. Let’s do it again. Leave your captions in comments! And …

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The Hack’s Guide to Setting Deadlines for 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. Writers, …

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Inside the Writer’s Dreamworld

Days before my paperback launch, my publisher called me in a panic. “Where are your blurbs? You were supposed to submit all new blurbs for the paperback release!” “No one told me,” I sputtered. App…