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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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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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How to Write a Novel: Tip #5 Characters Must Grow

  Tip #5 in the How to Write a Novel: Best Practices series:  Characters Must Grow As you’re planning how to write a novel, one of your greatest tasks will be determining how your main character will evolve throughout your genre fiction story. “The personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses.  […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #3 Emotion Sells Books

Tip #3 in the How to Write a Novel: Best Practices series:  Emotion Sells Books To write a genre fiction story is an emotional experience.  To READ a genre fiction story must also be an emotional experience.  Why? In the immortal words of Literary Agent Ethan Ellenberg, “When you move readers emotionally, you sell books.” […]

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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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Fiction Writers: Not All Writing Advice is Created Equal

When fiction writers are starting their careers, they often don’t know how to discern between writing advice that will advance them toward publication, and writing advice that is useless – or even detrimental – to their publication goals. In their eagerness for story critiques, fiction writers often surrender sections of their book manuscripts to any […]

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Humor Writing Part 3: Dialogue Builds Funny Situations

In this self-paced, mini lesson on humor writing, I’ll explore situational humor through dialogue. For those of you who are interested in reading all the posts in this month’s humor writing series, visit the following links: Humor Writing:  Become a Comic in Your Genre Fiction Humor Writing Part II:  Irony in Genre Fiction For more […]

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Humor Writing Part 2: Irony in Genre Fiction

January is humor writing month for genre fiction at WritingNovelsThatSell.com, so I’ve created a 3-part series. In this post, which is part 2 in the humor writing series, you’ll find a self-paced lesson on irony for your novel writing. Part one in the series, Humor Writing:  Become a Comic in Your Genre Fiction, provided tips […]

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Humor Writing: Become a Comic in Your Genre Fiction Novel

Want to become a novel comic?  Then you’re at the right place!  January is Humor Writing Month for genre fiction writers at WritingNovelsThatSell.com  This month’s series of three blog posts include two self-paced, online writing workshops. These workshops are samples from the How to Write Novels that Sell online course, taught by yours truly.  Throughout my […]

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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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