Afterword: The NovelEasy Blog

How to Spark Your Creativity

Posted August 28, 2018 4:30 pm

Just like getting off the couch and exercising is the best way to sculpt your body, the best way to improve your mind is to be creative. Easy for me to say “be creative” but what about all those times you’ve tried and tried only to come up empty-handed? Start with an idea. If you can’t think of one, try […]

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Three Approaches to Starting a Novel

Posted August 23, 2018 1:57 pm

One of the most commonly asked questions by new writers is, “How do I start?” It can be paralyzing to stand before the daunting task of filling hundreds of pages, and many don’t want to start down the wrong path right off the bat. The worst thing you can do is be so intimidated that you end up not writing […]

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Who Gives a #$&%* about an Oxford Comma? You Should!

Posted August 18, 2018 7:07 pm

There is a long-standing debate whether to use an Oxford comma when writing. The short answer: USE IT. What is an Oxford comma, you ask? The best explanation I have seen for this comes from Strunk and White’s enduring writing guide, The Elements of Style: In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma […]

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Excuses Are Like Plot Holes

Posted August 17, 2018 4:53 pm

So you’ve got a fantastic idea for a story. You’re sure that if people saw it in its finished form, on bookstore shelves, they’d scoop this thing up in bunches. They’d recommend it to their friends, who would devour it, drive it up the New York Times Best Sellers list, and you’d sit back watching all your delighted new fans […]

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