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Can nonfiction be dramatized?

It’s important to clarify for the reader what kind of information he or she is getting when you repurpose true events.

By Brandi Reissenweber | Published: February 22, 2016

How do I begin a story that needs a lot of explanation? For example, when it takes place in another time or if the character has an extraordinary skill?

Q: How do I begin a story that needs a lot of explanation? For example, when it takes place in another time or if the character has an extraordinary skill? A: In writing any story, you have to start somewhere and fill in the background details as you go. You can’t cram everything into the first …

By Brandi Reissenweber | Published: November 28, 2012

Can I submit a novel excerpt to magazines before my novel is finished?

Q: Can I submit a novel excerpt to magazines before my novel is finished? A: Some magazines and journals accept unsolicited submissions of novel excerpts, but most do not. Always read writers guidelines to see what individual publications look for. Some writers find that a portion of their novel can stand alone as a complete short …

Published: November 1, 2012