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Averill Buchanan
Editor & publishing consultant
Editor & publishing consultant
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"Anyone who uses books for decorative purposes, we imagine, must be foolish, shallow or illiterate." Not necessarily, writes Justin Tonra.
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How to write a novel synopsis. Great post, packed with tips by Sophie Playle
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"Writing is something you do alone in a room. Copy that sentence and put it on your wall because there’s no way to exaggerate or overemphasize this fact. It’s the most important thing to remember if you want to be a writer. Writing is something you do alone in a room."

The Talent of (being in) the Room. A super essay by Michael Ventura about what it takes to be a writer. Well worth reading.
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Anne R. Allen looks at the difference between writing talent and writing skills. Her conclusion? "Talent helps, of course. But less talented people who are willing to work and learn are more likely to succeed than wildly talented people who aren’t willing to put in the time to acquire skills."
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Define artistic success in ways that aren’t shaped by forces beyond your control. Some days, just getting through the day is success enough. Great advice from Roxane Gay (and not just for those of us closer to 60).
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"We chug caffeine to keep ourselves going when we are tired. We multi-task to maximize our efficiency. We look for shortcuts. We aim for more more more, because more is better, never mind what we can healthily sustain.

This is no way to live, and it is especially no way to write."
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A lovely post about the author-editor relationship.
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A lovely little short about editing
THE EDITOR
THE EDITOR
vimeo.com
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So what would you do if your editor, partway through a project, suggested you take back the manuscript, perform a thorough revision, and resubmit it? An excellent post of relevance to editors and authors alike.
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"Authors range from hypersensitive to Teflon when it comes to being edited..." Dr Freelance has some great advice about editing with empathy.
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