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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana and this is a series of articles with my thoughts on research and the fiction author. I hope that you can use them as a starting point for your own writing journey. Why Should You Research When Writing Fiction? The main reason you should research when you write is so that you don’t look like a complete doofus. Every writer makes mistakes as they write–no exceptions. Editors should pick up if you have two full moons twelve days apart, or leave a room before you ever walk into it, or have a character change eye colour...

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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

For a fiction writer, research is complicated. It’s more than just dusty books and hours at the library. It’s keeping your eyes open and being curious about the world. You never know when taking an interest will pay off. Suddenly, you remember the school lesson, the quiz, the documentary or the magazine article and you will have a small detail that helps your story shine. And if it’s remembering that walk on the beach, it’s a great incentive to have fun.

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Submissions -

This is a simple guide to use when you think you’re ready to send in a manuscript to a publisher or agent.

The first thing to understand is that everywhere you submit will want it done a different way. It’s not because they’re special, or necessarily need something with the proper layout in order to read it. While those might be true for some, the major thing you need to understand about it is this is your first test from the person you are trying to work with.

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