Manuela Williams
 

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I write about author marketing & branding, writing, editing, and more. Check out my latest articles here!

 
 
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Using Fiction Writing Techniques to Enhance Your Creative Nonfiction

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To broaden my reading horizons, I’ve recently started helping with the review of nonfiction submissions for a literary magazine. I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous to dive into that slush pile at first. Sure, I read nonfiction every now and then—from memoirs to the occasional New Yorker piece—but I’ve never attempted to write it (I’m more of a poetry and fiction kind of gal). So how in the world was I going to tackle other people’s creative nonfiction? How would I know what was good enough to pull from the slush pile?


5 Tips For Writing A Helpful Critique

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“Critique days” were met with both anxiety and excitement in my undergraduate creative writing courses. The whole class would sit in a circle and, one-by-one, we would each have our writing critiqued by both our peers and our instructors. Talk about nerve wracking. Sometimes the feedback would be helpful and encouraging. Other times, I would leave the classroom feeling hurt and frustrated.Not only can critiques be difficult to receive, but they can also be extremely difficult to give. How do you even begin to write a constructive critique? Never fear. Below, I have provided five simple tips for giving a helpful and informed critique (that won’t result in you getting a death glare from across the room).

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5 Things To Include On Your Author Website

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Snazzy author photo? Check. List of all your books? Check. Alright, you have everything you need for your author website. Time to go live, right? Not so fast!

Having an author website is like owning your own little corner of the internet and it’s important to set it up in a way that showcases your work while also encouraging reader engagement.

Before hitting “Publish” on your brand new author website, check out these five things you should include.