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Novel Writing: Balancing Historical Accuracy with Myth

Novel Writing:   Balancing Historical Accuracy with Myth Please help me welcome today’s fab guest columnist, Merry Farmer, who writes award-winning Western Historical Romances. In our politically correct, modern world, a writer has to weigh historical accuracy against “shock value” or “controversy” when handling certain perennial Western themes, such as the slaughter of the buffalo, […]

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WANTED: Book Blog Tours, Guest Columns on Writing Novels

Howdy, Readers! In my ongoing mission to help writers achieve their publishing goals, you’ll start to see more guest columns, written by published authors, who can bring you their professional wisdom, the source of their inspirations, and their insider views on the business of writing. Writing Novels That Sell will also begin to host blog tours […]

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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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Speed-Writing: Not Just for NaNoWriMo Any More

Speed-Writing: Not Just for NaNoWriMo Any More Writers are such creative geniuses, that they often psych themselves out.  They procrastinate until they’re freaked out and desperate to meet a deadline.  (At which point, they become neurotic.)   Fess up.  You KNOW you’re listening to your Inner Critic when . . . 1)  You’ve been writing […]

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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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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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Writing Novels That Sell: New Video Released

  Writing Novels That Sell My passion is to help fiction writers live their publishing dream.  That’s why I developed my website, WritingNovelsThatSell.com.    I believe in writers helping writers.  There is so much wisdom to be gained from the wonderful talents in our community!   I sincerely believe that I would not have been published […]

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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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