Ask Questions to Find Your Story. Guest post by C.S. Lakin

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I ask a lot of questions in my line of work as a professional manuscript critiquer and copyeditor. Sure, I also give a lot of suggestions and fix badly constructed sentences. But it’s the questions that get to the heart of the story. Asking authors questions helps them get thinking about what they’re writing and why.  So much important information seems to be missing in so many novels—especially first novels by aspiring authors. Novel writing is tricky; there are countless essential components that all need to mesh cohesively. To me, the key to reaching that goal is to ask a lot of questions.   Questions Create Story Starting a novel is asking a question. What if . . .? What would someone … Read More

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Guest Teacher: Amy McElroy. Luscious Language & Memoir Fundamentals!

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I’m excited to announce a guest-teacher here at Write Livelihood. In her own words, I introduce Amy McElroy, writer, teacher and editor. Follow the link below her introduction to take one of two fabulous classes in January. Early-bird specials through December 20th, 2013. * * * Amy McElroy writes: I believe in truth. Things like trees and nature and children, especially toddlers who waddle around like tiny fountains of truth. But, I believe in kindness, too.  Toddlers tell the white, blunt truth, but it usually comes with a kiss. But, most of all I believe in honesty and integrity. If you’re looking for a writing teacher or editor who gives it to you straight, even if that means sometimes you have … Read More

JordanGuest Teacher: Amy McElroy. Luscious Language & Memoir Fundamentals!