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World Building: Meticulous Research or Flying by the Seat of your Pants?

Obviously this might depend a bit more on the genre one is writing, but how do you worldbuild? Do you plan everything down to the last blade of grass, or do you just let things unfold and leave more to the reader's imagination? Additionally, what tools and/or sites do you find most helpful for research? And once you have all that info, how much or how little do you use in your actual story? 

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Advice You Wish You'd Known Before You Started?

No matter how long you've been in the writing business, there's always some new trick or tip you come across that makes you go... "Wow! Wish I'd known that!" Even things that might seem like no-brainers can be overlooked sometimes, especially when one is first starting out. So if you've got a bit of advice that you've learned along your journey that makes the writing and publishing road easier to navigate, please feel free to share. 

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Authors: Share Your Work

Rather than spam the Disscussion board with various links to "check out my work..." thought it would be a great idea to have one place to collect links and information about published/available works you want to share with the world.   For consistency sake please provide the following basic information in your post:   BOOK TITLE: AUTHOR: GENRE: SYNOPSIS: LINK:     The link posted should be either to your own website or a direct link to where the book is available for purchase/reading. You can…

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