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Write the Way a Stripper Dances: Tips for Starting a Novel

Write Your Novel the Way a Stripper Dances:  Tips for Opening Chapter One  Tattling time . . . I’ve been judging submissions for a fiction-writing contest.  I absolutely love finding new talent and encouraging writers to forge ahead with their publishing dream. What I DON’T love is wading through reams of background in Chapter One […]

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8 Urban Myths to Squelch During Story Critiques

  8 Urban Myths to Squelch During Story Critiques Part 6 in the 6-part series:  How to Get the Most from Story Critiques One of the toughest lessons you will ever learn as an aspiring author is how to recognize personal prejudice  or worse, “Urban Myths,” during a story critique. Not all story critics are […]

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Story Critiques: 9 Point Checklist for Book Manuscripts

  Story Critiques:  9 Point Checklist for Book Manuscripts Part 5 in the 6-part series:  How to Get the Most from Story Critiques Reading the full-length manuscript of a writing peer is a labor of love. Like any labor, a 400+ page story critique can become tedious work. In a time crunch, you may be […]

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Base Story Critiques on Foundations of Fiction, Not Bias

  Base Story Critiques on Foundations of Fiction, Not Bias Part 4 in the 6-Part Series:  How to Get the Most From Story Critiques Other fiction writers won’t find your story critiques helpful if you base the lion’s share of your evaluations on personal bias or worse, on Urban Myths related to publishing.   What […]

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Story Critiques: Slashing Pages Not Always the Answer

  Story Critiques: Slashing Pages Not Always the Answer Part 3 in the 6-Part Series:  How to Get the Most From Story Critiques   Anyone can critique fiction. Licenses aren’t required. College degrees aren’t necessary. However, if a fiction writer trusts your opinion and hands you her prose, please exercise compassion when writing a critique. […]

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7 Questions Every Story Critique Should Answer

  7 Questions Every Story Critique Should Answer Part 2 in the 6-Part Series:  How to Get the Most Out of Story Critiques  Critique groups can provide a powerful and constructive forum for helping fiction writers craft a popular fiction manuscript — one that sells. However, critique groups can also perpetuate some of the silliest […]

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Story Critiques: When to Ask for Evaluations of Your Novel

Story Critiques:  When to Ask for Evaluations of Your Novel Part 1 in the 6-part series:  How to Get the Most from Story Critiques If you’re ready to solicit a story critique from other fiction writers, congratulations. You’ve arrived at an important milestone on your writer’s journey. However, before you begin your search for the […]

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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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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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