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Story Critiques: Tips for Ending the Trash Talk #writing #writetip #WIP #amwriting #story

One of my favorite literary mottoes comes from Alexander Dumas’s The Three Musketeers:  “All for One, and One for All!”  I’ve often thought that any kind of critique – whether it be of a fiction manuscript or a friend’s hair cut – should be delivered from this rousing spirit of good will and helpfulness. Unfortunately, […]

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Writers on Writing: The Hardest Profession in the World?

Writers on Writing:  The Hardest Profession in the World? I don’t know why fiction writers seem so eager to express angst.  It seems like the lion’s share of wit and wisdom expressed by authors, who are writing about their profession, focuses on one primary theme:  that writing novels is HARD. For example: “Writing is so […]

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Writers on Writing: Advice from Ernest Hemingway

Writers on Writing: Advice from Ernest Hemingway If you’re going to listen to writing advice, you might as well listen to the most acclaimed authors in the world, right?  That’s why I’m featuring this series of posts based on fiction-writing tips from literary masters.  Today’s tip for writing great fiction comes from Ernest Hemingway:  “To […]

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Writing a Novel: The 7 Stages of Fiction Frenzy

Writing a Novel: The 7 Stages of Fiction Frenzy   1. Eureka! An Idea! Nothing is better than that first spark of inspiration.  You feel alive.  In tune with the Universe.  Your Muse is finally cooperating.  You’re buoyed with Hope. Dreams of Success. Visions of gargantuan paychecks. You balk against eating, sleeping, and walking the […]

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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 #2 Study Your Market

  [HORIZONTAL-SCROLLING]   Tip #2 in the How to Write a Novel: Best Practices series:  Study Your Market  Let’s face it: you’re learning how to write a novel to get your fiction masterpiece in front of an audience.  You want readers, right?  When you’re planning how to write a genre fiction novel (story plot, characterization, etc.), you […]

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