Posts tagged formatting
Shooter by Caroline Pignat: How to Read Like a Writer

One way to submerge your reader in your character’s perspective is through the format of your piece. Subtle changes in formatting and the way you present character thoughts can reinforce their character, advance the plot, and deepen their perspective. Discover the techniques Caroline Pignat used to do this in her young adult novel Shooter.

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Summarizing Your Story: How to Write a Captivating Synopsis

A synopsis is a key part of your submission packet if you intend to traditionally publish. Agents and publishers use this summary to determine if you can write a compelling story all the way to the end, and it has some specific nuances. To give yourself the best chance at landing a publishing deal, learn how to write a compelling synopsis.

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How to Write a Query Letter with Claws

If you plan to traditionally publish, you’ll need a query letter with claws to capture an agent’s or publisher’s attention. Even though there is a bit of a formula to queries, they aren’t easy. Pitches, comparables, and credentials all need to come together to make an agent want your book.

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How to Submit Your Creative Writing to Literary Magazines

Authors write to be read. One way of getting your words in front of readers in through literary journals. These publications are looking for specific kinds of polished short pieces. To give your writing the chance to impact and linger with readers, learn how to tell when your piece is ready, find literary magazines, and submit.

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How to Format Transitions: Scenes, Point of View, and Time

When it comes to subtly improving your reader’s experience, nothing is more effective than strong formatting. To avoid confusion and jarring your reader and control your story’s pace, you need to transition between jumps in scene, time, and point of view. You also need to format these breaks consistently.

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How to Format Written Documents: Letters, Emails, Texts, and More

The words of your story aren’t the only pieces of writing you might have. You might also want to include letters, notes, emails, text messages, IMs, or some other form of written communication. Learn the various formatting options you have to make it clear when your story’s written documents begin and end.

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How to Choose Powerful Fonts and Titles for Your Book Cover

Whether on the spine or the front cover, the first piece of writing your reader sees is your title. Combined with your font, your title is an essential part of your book cover. A powerful title makes a reader curious, so they pull your book off the shelf or click on its thumbnail to find out more.

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Ghosts by Sophie Calle: How to Read Like a Writer

Sometimes the story we wish to tell is not our story. In Ghosts, Sophie Calle uses a collection of voices to tell the story of missing museum art pieces. Learn how to combine interviews to create a larger story and build distinct character voices from Ghosts.

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How to Punctuate Dialogue: Spoken, Written, and Telepathic

One of the best techniques to increase the pacing and characterization of your story is dialogue. In order for your dialogue to be clear and effective, you have to know how to format and punctuate it. Discover the standard format for dialogue, when to use it, and when to choose a different option.

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Europeana by Patrik Ourednik: How to Read Like a Writer

When an author wants to create a specific effect or tone, sometimes the traditional layout of text on a page doesn’t work. You need something slightly or vastly different. Patrik Ourednik experiments with form in nonfiction Europeana to generate an objective historical account. Other authors can learn from and borrow his form.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: How to Read Like a Writer

If you want to take your readers on an emotional journey and focus on the internal conflicts of your characters, read Milk and Honey. Rupi Kaur uses the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing of her life to create an emotional story arc in her poetry collection. Through different points of view, form, and the economy of words, she brings emotional truths to the forefront of her text.

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Versailles by Kathryn Davis: How to Read Like a Writer

If you find historical events and people inspiring, read Versailles by Kathryn Davis. Davis transforms the famous palace to tell a story larger than the main character, while giving Marie Antoinette the voice and freedom to tell her own story. Discover how you can use these same techniques to enliven your writing.

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Why Standard Manuscript Format: How to Submit Your Writing

Submitting pieces of writing for publication is easier now than it's ever been. Unfortunately agents, editors, and publishers are flooded with stories. Make your piece stand out by using standard manuscript format and understanding why it is the standard.

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