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Self-Editing: 6 Tips for the Harried Fiction Writer

  Self-editing can be a grueling task.  Most writers are awful at recognizing plot inconsistencies, syntax problems, and typos in their own work.  In fact, many writers would prefer to cut off a thumb rather than cut out a paragraph.  Some writers – especially the ones whose manuscripts have not yet had the pleasure of […]

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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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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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How to Write a Novel: Tip #4 Crafting Scene One

  Tip #4 in the How to Write a Novel: Tips and Best Practices series:  Crafting Scene One In a novel’s opening page, fiction writers must convey the essence of their story. What do I mean? Here’s an example:  I was once judging a fiction writing contest in which the contestant had written a pulse-pounding opening about […]

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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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How to Name a Character in Genre Fiction Novels

Characterization is one of the first challenges that writers have to tackle when developing genre fiction novels.   Since I’m re-inventing several of my protagonists for my romantic Fantasy fiction series, Guardians of Aeld, I thought you might want to peek inside my process and learn how to name a character. Please recognize that there are […]

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How to Write a Query Letter & Synopsis That Sell

A fiction book proposal consists of a query letter, a synopsis, and the first three chapters of your manuscript.   You’ll have to master all three selling tools if you hope to win a book contract in 2012. That’s why I’m offering two online writing workshops this month on How to Write a Query Letter and […]

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