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Fiction Writing Blues: Why Editors Reject Novels #writing #fiction #romance #paranormal

  Why do book editors reject novels?      As a book writing coach, I answer that question a lot when folks want to know how to polish their fiction-writing after a rejection.  As strange as it may seem, even good book writing gets rejected sometimes.  In the Western genre, for instance, the bottom fell out of the […]

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How to Write a Novel as a Collaborative Team

How to Write a Novel as a Collaborative Team Put one or two fiction writers in the same room, and ultimately, somebody poses the question:  “Wouldn’t it be great if we could collaborate as a writing team?” But how exactly does a “team” of authors write a book?  Ghostwriting for a Publisher Books are often […]

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Story Plot Problems: 7 Writing Taboos that Guarantee “No Sale”

Story Plot Problems: 7 Writing Taboos that Guarantee “No Sale”  Seeking ideas for a story plot that will end your book with a bang?  Trying to beef up a weak story resolution so your novel catches the eye of a book editor?  You’re not alone.  At writing conferences around the country, I’ve heard book editors say […]

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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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Develop Your Intuition to Tap the Writing Muse!

  Writing fiction has always felt like magic to me — especially when I’m in the creative flow, and ideas are pouring through my brain faster than I can type.  I’ve heard other writers describe this flood of imagination  as the whispering of their “Writing Muse.” But what exactly is a Writing Muse? Back in […]

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Writer’s Relief: Help for Aspiring Authors

Writer’s Relief! Help for Aspiring Authors  “Is there some deep, dark secret to getting published? Why won’t an editor buy my book?” As a book writing coach and multi-published author, I’m asked that question a lot. Believe me, I can empathize with the pain of aspiring authors! Even after I’d achieved success as a business […]

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8 Tips for Creating an Anthology

Note from Adrienne deWolfe: Please welcome guest columnist, Beth Ann Masarik, editor and publisher of the anthology, Writings From the Heart (click here to see the book trailer). Authors and poets from around the world united for one cause: to raise awareness of congenital heart disease in children. All proceeds from this collection of 30 […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #12 Great Endings Sell Books

How to Write a Novel: Tip #12 Great Endings Sell Books  Savvy writers of commercial fiction understand that the ending of a book must serve a dual purpose: 1)  The ending is where your final (and most important) plot thread is logically resolved.  2)  The ending is a sales tool for your next novel – […]

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Beware the Trolls: Never Let Anyone Crush Your Writing Dream

  As a college freshman, I was excited to make the cut in my first Creative Writing course.  I was the youngest student in a class full of juniors and seniors.   My goal, even then, was to write commercial book-length fiction – particularly Romance and Fantasy novels. When my Creative Writing professor learned that I […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #7 End Chapters with a Bang

How to Write a Novel:  Tip #7 End Chapters with a Bang In this post, I’ll share 4 bestselling secrets to writing killer cliff hangers for each chapter in your story plot.   When determining how to write a novel, savvy fiction writers plan to end each chapter with “high action.”  In other words, the best-read […]

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