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How to Write a Prologue for Your Novel

How to Write a Prologue for Your Novel

February 13, 2018

Do you start your novel with a Prologue? Or do you dive right into Chapter One? The choice can determine whether readers are drawn in or never get past the first page. I lean away from a Prologue whenever possible. When I do use one,… [Continue reading below]

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Personalizing Your Character’s Emotional Wound

Personalizing Your Character’s Emotional Wound

December 5, 2017

Guest blog by: Becca Puglisi Emotional wounds are tricky to write about. Abuse, betrayal, victimization, and the death of a loved one may exist in our characters’ pasts and so must be explored. But these are also real life events that cause damage to real… [Continue reading below]

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How to Create Dazzling Dialogue

July 10, 2017

Guest blog by Gabriela Pereira Of all aspects of the writing craft, dialogue is by far my favorite. Maybe it’s because dialogue makes me feel like I’m in the scene with the characters or lets me see their dynamic personalities bounce off each other. Or maybe… [Continue reading below]

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How to write a series

How to Write a Series of Novels Your Readers Will Love

April 18, 2017

Writing a series is daunting. Each installment must both stand alone and work as part of the whole. You’re forced to keep up with all the elements you exploit in a single novel and make sure they serve the entire entity: characters, plot, settings, everything…. [Continue reading below]

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Does this scene deserve a place in your story?

Does This Scene Deserve a Place in Your Story? 2 Ways to Find Out

April 4, 2017

Guest post by K.M. Weiland “Cut this scene. It doesn’t move the plot.” That is my most frequent comment on manuscripts I edit for others. It causes most writers to groan. Not only am I telling you to cut your beloved scenes (perhaps even your… [Continue reading below]

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