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How to Write Body Language for Fiction Characters #amwriting #wip #Romance #writetip

Novel Writing 101:  Body Language for Fiction Characters   Okay.  Quiz time. You want to convey to your reader that your hero is angry.  What body language would you describe? He crosses his legs. He plants his fists on his hips. He strokes his beard. He chews his pen cap. He leans forward in his […]

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Writing Dialogue: Why Characters Shouldn’t Talk Like Real People

Writing Dialogue:  Why Characters Shouldn’t Talk Like Real People I know, I know:  you’ve been told the exact opposite about dialogue writing by every other fiction teacher and book writing coach on the planet.  And they were right.  To a point.  Now I’m here to explain to all you hard-working fiction writers why your characters […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #11 Create Killer Villains

How to Write a Novel:  Tip #11 Create Killer Villains I’ve always considered Villains more fun to write than Heroes. In most commercial fiction (Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns, and Horror), Heroes have to overcome their obstacles in an honorable way before they can win the girl, save the world, or solve the […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #10 Avoid Head Jumping

How to Write a Novel: Tip #10 Avoid Head Jumping The two most popular points-of-view (POVs) in fiction are First Person and Limited Third Person.  In First Person, the author writes as if he is living inside the head of the protagonist.  (“I was furious with the detective for blurting out my name.”)  Authors enjoy […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #9 Battle Between the Sexes

  How to Write a Novel: Tip #9 Battle Between the Sexes Men and women do not think alike.  You, being either one or the other, already know this fact.  However, you may have trouble writing it.  When it comes to male / female psychology, it helps to think in terms of Alpha/Beta personality types.  […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #1 Character vs Story Plot

If you’re wondering how to write a novel – or more importantly, how to start a novel – you’re at the “write” place!  Each week, for the next few months, I’ll be posting tips and best practices for fiction writers on the WritingNovelsThatSell.com blog.  So let’s get started!   Tip #1:  Character vs Story Plot […]

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