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It doesn’t have to be painful. Ah, the dreaded question: What genre is your story? When you think about it, genre is a bit evil. You’ve spent months – or years – wrangling words into a coherent manuscript. It has elements of so many ideas, but after all of the work and soul you’ve put […]
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Here’s What I Learned: Five complete fiction manuscripts. Eight years. Hundreds of rejections. Zero offers of representation. Saying I was frustrated with my journey to authorship is an understatement. Worse was that agents and publishers gave the same feedback, whether in response to a query or the full manuscript: “We don’t feel like it’s a […]
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The tips I wish someone had given me. “She was a great writer, but then she got married and had a baby. Don’t make that mistake, Sarah.” A fellow writer told me this during one of our group meetings. I was about twenty five at the time and dreaming of having a family of my […]
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Here’s the 5 things I’m doing to nurture my creativity One year. Can you believe it? I’m at this strange point where I’ve forgotten what it’s like to nip over to a cafe to meet a friend, or grab a bus to the nearest mall for an afternoon shopping spree. Last night, I had a […]
Read more: I Researched How To Hack Into My Reader’s Brains. Here’s The Full Dissertation:
MA Dissertation: Schema Theory and Reader Appreciation Of Literature By Sarah Long 8 January 2019 Chapter 1: Introduction The marriage of literary analysis and cognitive linguistics has been growing stronger over the past decades, and researchers are seeking to expand the field in various ways (Stockwell, 2002). One such expansion which has been suggested is […]
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