Welcome to First Manuscript!

This website is a resource for creative writers with tips and advice for improving your writing skills and mastering the art of storytelling.

Whether you’re working on your first manuscript or your tenth, hopefully you’ll find new ideas or fresh insights to help you take your work to new levels.

Dax MacGregor

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Start at the End

Start at the End

When my pantser ways led me to discard a month’s worth of writing, I experienced writer’s block. This is how I overcame it.

Pantser to Plotter

Pantser to Plotter

My brother wrote, “I’m a pantser. My guess is that you’re a plotter.” He was only partly right. Things aren’t always black or white.

Join a Critique Group

Join a Critique Group

My brother recommended joining a critique group. It turned out to be the best writing tip I’ve ever received, not only did I finally receive quality feedback. I found friends who shared common goals.

Proper Manuscript Format

Proper Manuscript Format

There isn’t one standard format for manuscripts. There are guidelines with some room for interpretation. Here’s what you need to know.

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