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Writing with a Checklist: Submission Guidelines

checklist

At TheRightMargin, we find writing much easier with a checklist by our side. Let’s see this idea in action with an example familiar to anyone who’s submitted their work to a literary journal, magazine, or writing contest. Even if you haven’t done any of those things, read on to see how you can make your first submission go smoother and faster by following submission guidelines.

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Improve your writing via a retrospective

Have you ever caught yourself thinking you could be a better writer? Having a healthy amount of humility in one’s own work is of course, normal. Doing a simple retrospective, or ‘retro’ for short, on your writing projects can help you save time, money and ultimately a lot of self-doubt through your writing career.

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The Art of the Novel at Litquake 2016

Preparing for NaNoWriMo at Litquake

Like last year, Litquake, San Francisco’s 17-year-old literary festival, held an insightful panel on The Art of the Novel this past Saturday.

The panel provided an inspiring push to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) next month. As I plan to write my first NaNoWriMo novel in less than two weeks, I attended the panel and found the following as key takeaways. NaNoWriMo’s own Grant Faulkner moderated Ramona Ausubel, Jan Ellison, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Ellen Sussman, and Gina Frangello with a series of engaging questions to help the writers in attendance learn from the panelists. I found the following talking points inspiring or helpful in my journey towards NaNoWriMo. If you want to learn more, leave me a comment below or reach out to the individual panelists on Twitter or Facebook.

“The novel is the barometer of the health of our culture.”
— Grant Faulkner

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Build your Novel Synopsis Before you Write with Netflix and Wikipedia

plot synopsis

If you’re planning on participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you need to have a good plan of attack before the waves of word count start crashing on your computer’s shore come November 1st.

Tackling your novel’s summary and plot synopsis up front during your planning phase helps direct your character’s journey, keeping you focused on building depth and creating scenes that move your story.  

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TheRightMargin’s Writing Resources – August 24

Writing Resources

We’ve compiled a reading list of some of the best writing resources and articles we’ve read this month on:

  • Writing and editing
  • Publishing advice and contest considerations
  • Encouragement for finishing your writing projects

So load up your reader and get ready to get your Learn on this weekend! Enjoy.

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