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Maggie Maxwell
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Making physicists cry since 1994
Making physicists cry since 1994

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Guest Post: Donna Migliaccio on WRITER, KNOW THYSELF
If you've been around the comments section here, you may have seen the lovely Donna Migliaccio commenting. Maybe on the various writing forums she participates in, from Absolute Write to NaNoWriMo. Or maybe you've seen her on Broadway, because Donna makes a...
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Dear New Novelist: How to be a Better Beta Writer
This is, unfortunately, a topic that many eager new writers need to be sat down and told. Settle in, newbies, cause this is a long one. Just to get some definitions out there before we start: Beta reader - A person who has agreed to read and give detailed c...
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Dear New Novelist: Do Your Research
It's a big publishing world out there. When you have your finished novel edited and ready to go, the question becomes "What do I do with it?" We live in an age where the options are more and more every week. You could self publish, and you'll have a dozen c...
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Good News, Everyone! The Dream Is Real
Good morning, dear readers, and a happy Monday to you! How was your weekend? Good, I hope. Relaxing. Fun. Full of adventure and happiness and good news. Speaking of good news, I'm getting published. That's pretty much been my life the past two days. The hig...
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What Are You Afraid Of?
When I came up with the concept for this post, I started up a list of fears, went to see if I could find more, and discovered that someone has done years more work than me, and there are many more fears than I initially imagined. I mean, I know some of them...
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The Rubber Duck Method of Plot Fixing
Have you ever heard of the Rubber Duck Method of Coding? There are offices where computer programmers, on their first day, are given, among other supplies, a rubber duck. It is to sit on their desk until its needed. In the words of Arthur Weasley, "What exa...
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Dear New Novelist: About That Bad Review...
It's a difficult pill to swallow, but when you're done, with your short story, your novel, your poem, anything, and you get it out in front of the world, not everyone is going to love it. Go take a look at your favorite book on Amazon or Goodreads. It's got...
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Dear New Novelist: Pay's Not Always Worth It
Dear New Novelist, Getting paid to write sounds amazing, doesn't it? That's a lot of our goals. Whether it's enough to live and work full-time as a writer or just enough to buy a pizza and maybe a celebratory milkshake, the fact is that we want to get paid ...
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Reading for Research: Suddenly, I Understand Omni
In the latter quarter of 2016, I was slowly working my way through The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, sneaking a chapter here and there until a road trip encouraged me to finish. The chapters are short, so they were easy to sneak, and by the time the road trip...
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Dear New Novelist: No One's Going to Steal Your WIP
Dear New Novelist, Congratulations! You've hit your 50k on NaNoWriMo, or maybe you've put THE END on your novel. Either way, you've got a lot of words. You've worked hard on them, through easy bursts and head-bangingly difficult blocks. They're all yours. N...
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