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Avoid the info-dump debacle

Sometime a writer needs to convey something that happened before the starting point of the story, and can find no other way than to have the narrator throw it on us in one lump that gets stuck in our throats. Readers may skim through it, or lay the story aside, as the main action of the work stops until the dump ends…

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The rules of writing

What are the rules of writing? Are there rules? Are rules made to be broken? Every writer lists the rules differently. William Faulkner said to get the character in your mind. Once he is in your mind…

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Can I start a sentence with a conjunction?

People ask me all the time about the no-nos of grammar, and do they fall under black, white, or some shade of gray?
The issue of placing a conjunction at the beginning of a sentence causes much confusion. Can we do it?

All style guidebooks agree…

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Avoid advice from non-writer friends

You’ve got that idea for a novel. It bubbles inside you. Or you make that big decision: You’re “going to be” a writer. Trembling with exhilaration, you dial up your normal confidante. What a blast to share the news, you think, and how great to have the support of someone who loves you.
Now, just you wait a minute, there. You’ll find plenty of evidence…

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Give your character that unique voice by letting her speak from the heart

“Should every character have such a distinctive voice that if one line is taken out of context, the reader will immediately know who said it?” Indeed. But how to achieve this? How should I make each character’s voice stand apart? The fellow scribe who sent me this question online struggled to create a different lingo for each of her characters…

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10 tips for getting published

Don’t give your draft to a friend to read. Friends are nice. They love you. That’s not what you need. Find other writers who need your genuine feedback and give you the same in return…

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Make your flashback the best it can be

Pulling off a flashback takes finesse. The danger of cliché looms large, and you may overlook other ways to accomplish the effect you are shooting for, explain your backstory or give us insight into your character. A flashback can disrupt the flow of your narrative, so exercise caution.

When faced with the question “should I or shouldn’t I?” ask yourself…

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How Do I Decide if I Need an Agent? Eight Tips to Help You Make Up Your Mind

Agent or go solo? The pros and cons are many! The tools for self publication grow more effective and more accepted every day.  Platforms like Kindle and social media such as Twitter give you the means to publish with low hassle, and to make your audience aware of it if you are savvy and assiduous …

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