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The Top 10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
The Top 10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

As the fabled nemesis of authors for centuries, writer’s block is perhaps the most frustrating thing about being an author. That seemingly impenetrable barrier that, for whatever reason, arises in the mind of an author from time to time can be of overwhelming annoyance, but have no fear, the editors at Scribendi.com are here to help.

Prewriting: Having Trouble Putting Words on the Page?
Prewriting: Having Trouble Putting Words on the Page?

What is prewriting, you ask? It is simply the first stage of writing and generally includes planning, mapping, research, outlining, storyboarding, and so on. Basically, prewriting is everything that happens before you start “putting words on the page."

NaNoWriMo: Scribendi’s Guide to Getting Started
NaNoWriMo: Scribendi’s Guide to Getting Started

National Novel Writing Month has arrived, which means it’s time for you to begin writing your 50,000 word novel. Scribendi.com wants you to succeed and, in order to help you, we have a few suggestions.

Front Matter: What it is and Why it is Important
Front Matter: What it is and Why it is Important

All the material that appears at the front of a book before the actual content is called front matter, and it actually contains some very important information!

How to Write a Book Proposal
How to Write a Book Proposal

How does one go about writing a book proposal? Well, like all of the answers to life’s big questions, this one can be found in the lyrics of The Beatles.

Interjections: A Guide to Using Interjections Effectively
Interjections: A Guide to Using Interjections Effectively

Creating realistic, natural sounding dialogue in writing can be a difficult task for writers. Dialogue may come off as rigid and artificial sounding. Whether an author is writing fiction or nonfiction, they are almost always tasked with creating some form of dialogue. After editing thousands of manuscripts, the editors at Scribendi.com believe that the most useful tool to creating an air of humanism in a character’s dialogue is the interjection.

How to Write a Character Sketch
How to Write a Character Sketch

The editors at Scribendi outline the key components involved in writing a character sketch.

How to Write a Book Review
How to Write a Book Review

Writing a book review is not the same as writing a book report or a summary. A book review is a critical analysis of a published work that assesses the work's strengths and weaknesses. Many authors strive to have their books reviewed by a professional because a published review (even a negative one) can be a great source of publicity.

Effective Time Management
Effective Time Management

If you're the type of author who is forever checking status updates on social networking websites, then the following are some time management skills that may help you buckle down and find the time to write.

Proofreading Marks: What Do They Mean?
Proofreading Marks: What Do They Mean?

A proofreader uses a series of proofreading marks and symbols to suggest changes, correct spelling errors, improve punctuation and generally enhance the quality and readability of a hard copy document.

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