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About


When I was first developing my writing skills, I was often frustrated by books that told me what I  should be doing, but didn't provide a clear picture on how to do it. Later when I began teaching writing, I decided to offer answers to those questions and discovered I had a bit of a knack for it. I  gave lots of examples, because I believe seeing writing in action makes it easier to understand. The responses from my students told me I was right. I started this site back in 2009 with one goal in mind:
To show writers ways to build a solid foundation for their writing. To provide tips and advice they could take right from these articles and apply directly to their work in progress. I wouldn't just say "show, don't tell" -- I'd give clear examples and advice on how to do that, so every writer could bring the story they wanted to write to life.
Not everything suggested on this site is going to work for everyone, but that's just the way writing is. There is no "right" way to write, there's just finding the process that works for you. It's frustrating to be told "you must do this" when "doing that" is more your style.

This is why I bring guest authors to the site every week to talk about their process. To see how other writers do it so you can find the techniques that motivate and inspire you to craft the best stories possible.

Site Schedule

Monday: Writing Article: Janice Hardy shares general writing tips and advice. 

Tuesday: The How They Do It column. Visiting authors and publishing professionals share tips, advice, and wisdom. It's far too easy for writers to feel alone, and these articles will show that they're not alone.

Wednesday: Writing Article: Janice Hardy shares general writing tips and advice.  

Thursday: Indie Authors column. Contributing authors share information and tips for those looking to self publish, covering a variety of topics from detailed how-tos to creating an e-book, to overviews on self publishing trends and philosophies.

Friday: Refresher Fridays. There are nearly 2000 solid writing articles on the site, and each week I'll rerun a helpful article from the archives you might have missed the first time around (and update articles that need it).

Saturday: Real Life Diagnostics. Part critique, part teach tool, I diagnose reader submitted works in progress and answers questions pertaining to those works.

Sundays: Writing Prompts. Various prompts are offered to inspire and encourage you to write. Some are for the fun of it, while others are designed to build a skill or challenge you to push yourself.

Welcome to Fiction University.

I'm happy to hear from folks, so feel free to drop me an e-mail.

E-mail: janicehardy (@) janicehardy (dot) com

Found a Mistake?

Much as I'd love to be perfect, mistakes are going to happen. When you find a mistake please drop me an email or leave a comment and let me know. I'll correct it straightaway and be very grateful you took the time to give me a heads up.

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