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I used to answer writing questions by email, but answering in that way allows only the person posing the question to benefit from my response. Also, on occasion, more than one person has asked the same valuable question.
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If Not Cliches, What Else?
Revise and Resubmit
Where can I find someone to read a draft of my novel
When A Story Isn't Short
Why is it important not to overuse names in dialogue?
Point of View Question
Writing exercise for 16 - 18 age group
Author credit or plagiarism
If you are Canadian must your book be published by a Canadian publisher?
To Prologue or not to prologue
Accent in Dialogue
National Book Promotion
Acceptability of novel length
Legit places to send stories
Punctuating and arranging dialogue
Multiple personalities and self-conflict
Is Broken Grammar Interesting?
Can I submit young teen book without drawings?
Real people in fiction
no fee writing competition
How can i publish a book at my age?
Best Book to Teach Creative Writing?
Is My Story a Memoir or a Novel?
Using another author's idea
A LOT of writing questions from a young novelist
Should I use the Oxford comma?
Book Synopsis Should be Written in Present Tense
Creating original symbols and motifs
Writing out of disgust?
U.S. Citizen to Publish a Book
Writing a Novel Online
Parent of a New Novelist
Is This a Strong Story Goal?
How do I refer to my main character?
Publishing agent for poetry
Italics and quotation marks
How to find free mentoring
Ebook publisher needed
want to write my story
What makes good quality writing good?
Slice of life
Order of Scenes and Sequels
Trouble finding the premise of my half written book
Do literary magazines edit submissions?
Novel or Write Short Stories First?
Contests with no submission fee
Punctuation in dialog
How to turn Novel Excerpts into Short Stories
Comma or full-stop
How to Contact Editors or Writing Magazines
Book marketing ideas
How can I submit more stories?
Fiction is Rejected
Distance learning program for a MA degree / Career opportunities in writing
Which Creative Writing Program Do You Recommend
Descriptiveness of a story and short story submissions
How do I find a publisher to distribute my self published book?
Should I Write Query Letters for Short Stories?
Advice about writing program
Is private mentoring better than group work?
Pay to enter short story contests?
MFA or MA needed to teach creative writing
I'm a teen. Can I publish?
Is Author House a legitimate publisher?
Editing a novel
Submitting to more than one agent at a time
Copyright question about song lyrics
Can a short story collection be changed to a novel?
Do I Need a Writing Course?
To Be A Writer
Author as Publisher
young authors' representation?
Creative writing tip
Not sure what to call the genre of my story...
No compensation for articles sent in about your dating experiences
Using a joke in my writing
Writing about a certain person in my book
Dread of revision
Finishing what I start
Writing Problems/ Canadian Publishing
World, domestic or electronic rights?
Agent in UK or USA?
Madame Zee is Whitewashed- Why?
Writing my first book
How to organize aaaaall those pages!
Punctuation with quotation marks
Get Paid More for Writing
Creating an effective writer's platform
Traditional or Self Publishing for Poetry
Childrens' Book Writing
Contests and Publication Rights - What is standard practice?
Writing good dialogue
Trouble writing a novel
Advice for writing a novel
Where do I sign up for your newsletter?
Agents in Australia
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