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Writing a book is like spinning plates. Lots and lots of plates, at a big family wedding in front of your new in-laws. Plates of all different sizes going at different speeds and set at different heights, all of which must be kept aloft to create the seamless final eff...

Autobiography and memoir are often lumped together, both commercially and as art forms, to the point that sometimes the lines between them blur. They’re both books by and about you, written in the first-person ("I") point of view. But they have separate aims, and the r...

When you develop the seed of an idea for a book, it’s hard to keep it from growing bigger and bigger, its roots taking hold deep in your brain and excitement spindling up and out in all directions. Research uncovers fascinating new bits of evidence to support the narra...

I once had a great writing teacher who thought novels are so engrossing because, when done well, they give you a glimpse into the secret, inner lives of other people better than any medium can—and there’s no more direct way into a character’s psyche than good dialogue....

Earlier this month, we talked about knowing your audience, and why it’s important to think about the flesh-and-blood people you want to read your book.


A similar, yet separate, idea also crucial to your book’s success is knowing your market—which means thinking about t...

A big deficiency that plagues too many otherwise promising manuscripts is short enough to fit on a tattoo:
 

Too much story, not enough plot.
 

The terms are often used interchangeably, but being able to distinguish between a story and a plot can make the difference betw...

POV Certified Ghostwriting exists because we love helping make our clients’ literary dreams come true. We recognize that those dreams take many forms, not just in terms of the final product, but also in terms of the process that produces the book. Often, we hear from f...

Netflix recently released Bandersnatch, an interactive Black Mirror movie that lets viewers make decisions with their remote about where the plot of the story goes. To readers of a certain age, this concept should sound familiar—it hearkens back to the Choose Your Own...

At some point in your life you’ve likely heard a song that you couldn’t get out of your head. Maybe it was the catchy guitar riff or the driving beat, the sweet harmonies or the hooky chorus. Whatever the case, you caught an earworm and it was hard to think about much...

I typically make some kind of resolution heading into a new year, even if it’s informal. I like the idea of New Year’s Day as a reset button that helps me focus on what’s ahead. Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth with actually writing down resolutions and keeping...

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