Karou's Corner

Karou here! Welcome to the best blog in publishing—or at least the one managed by the cutest word nerd you’ll ever see. Stay tuned for special author features, guest bloggers, advance buzz on hot new releases, and most importantly, bite-sized grammar tips you can apply to your ruff drafts like one of the big dogs.

August 7, 2023
The ulti-mutt guide on character agency and motivation in writing fiction

How giving your main character motivation and agency will bring your manuscript to the next level and engage your readers like never before.

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September 19, 2019
Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day from RUFF!

Voice. It's why we love talking like pirates. It's why you can't imagine Tyler Durden saying one of Hermoine Granger's lines. Level up your character development by perfecting the oh-so-hard-to-define craft of voice.

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April 23, 2019
Devils, angels, and writing authentic relationships

Writers are consistently told that their characters need flaws and their plots need conflicts. Yes, yes, and yes. I won’t belabor that point. But I’ve been thinking a lot lately about authentic relationships. What exactly is a character flaw? What is a believable conflict? I love high fantasy. Many typical fantasy conflicts are external: wars, […]

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March 11, 2019
Now hiring: new RUFFians!

Now hiring part-time proofreaders to join our dynamic freelance book editing team!

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February 14, 2019
Common editing mistakes

Even if your story has brilliant characters, a stunning world, heart-wrenching emotion, and breathless action… if it’s poorly edited, it won’t engage readers. Editing can make or break a book. One poorly edited book can tarnish your reputation, damage that’s difficult to shake off. Hundreds of books are released every week. Strong editing will help […]

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Questions for Karou?

Do you have a sticky grammar question you’d love to have explained in plain language once and for all? Do you want to post a guest blog about writing, publishing, or Karou’s modeling future? Want us to feature a rock star author or publishing pro? Let us know!

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