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The Craft of Writing

You Can't Write Without a Leap of Faith

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

The most important thing every writer has to do is take a leap of faith. What does that mean, exactly? That, no matter how stuck you are at the sta...

Confessions of a Ghost Writer: Pay No Attention To That Woman Behind the Curtain

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

Recently, I appeared on a radio show to promote a literary event. We were talking about my latest novel, but inevitably the host asked, "So you're a g...

Author Yona Zeldis McDonough on Lucky Breaks and Following Your Writing Instincts

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of seven novels for adults. She is also an award-winning children's book author with 26 children's books to her credit, a journalist, an essayist, and a fiction editor who helps aspiring writers polish their manuscripts.

When You Finish Your Novel, What Then?

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is it like to finish a novel? The first time you do it, you feel utter euphoria, and you should. Unfortunately, what follows isn't always instant acceptance by an agent, an editor, or even your beta readers and friends.

The AWP Conference in Boston: Where Writers Swim Like Fish

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Over 11,000 writers, editors, and publishers turned out this year for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Conference, making it one of the biggest literary hootenannies for anyone with a passion for putting words on the page.

Writing a Synopsis for Your Novel: A Scary But Useful Exercise

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is a synopsis, anyway? Just a summary, right? Wrong. Sure, a synopsis is a summary of your novel's narrative arc and describes the main characters. However, a synopsis must also be its own entity, with dramatic turns and a clear beginning, middle, and end.