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Keeping Your Writing Active

Suspense, mysteries, and westerns aren’t the only genres that need action. Keeping your story filled with action-packed verbs helps the plot to move and helps create a page-turner. Passive voice is only one kind of inactive writing. Selecting inexplicit verbs and deadwood sentence structure also stops authors form creating a moving, active story. Passive Voice […]

Six Steps To Improve Your Novel

Everyone wants to write a novel that grabs an agent or editor, but most of all, we want our work to grab readers. Here are six ways you can improve your novel. 1. Positive is nice but often boring. Authors create good-looking heros and heroines. They create sunshine for picnics, avoid character’s bad habits and […]

Writer’s Block: What Do You Do?

A short time ago I was asked how I handle writers’ block. I’ve been blessed with never having the true writers’ block when I couldn’t write anything at all. But most writers have times when they get to a spot in their fiction and are unsure how to proceed. I’ve experience these moments more than […]

Subtext: What Lies Beneath the Surface? from My Guest, Renee Ryan

Today I’d like you to meet my guest blogger, novelist Renee Ryan who writes romance for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Historical. She has graciously agreed to share her thoughts on one of the subtlest of techniques, Subtext. It is a technique that can make or break your novel.  I’m sure you will learn from her excellent post […]

Historical Research is My Kind of Fun!

Today I have a guest blogger, Lyn Cote, who has written many historical novels and wants to share this with you. Research can be tiring and take tremendous amounts to time, but Lyn’s approah adds something special that makes the hard work more enjoyable. Another bonus is from the research, you may be inspired with new […]

Advice For Novelists From Hollywood – Part 2

Advice For Novelists Part 1 contained suggestions on a new approach to evaluating how a novel is written. Rather than following the typical rules taught in most workshop, Ted Baehr, media critic and Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide, a website and biweekly journal that evaluates motion […]

Advice For Novelists From Hollywood – Part 1

Although novels and screenplays are two different animals, novelists can benefit from understanding the techniques screen writers use to create dynamic stories. I attended a workshop on How To Succeed In Hollywood, presented by Ted Baehr, media critic and Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide, a website […]

The Challenge of Writing Amish Fiction

Amish fiction has risen high in reader’s interest and has become great sellers. One of my friends, Marta Perry, who also writes other genre, shares her expertise in writing successful Amish fiction. The Challenge of Writing Amish Fiction  “Challenge?”  I noticed someone saying recently in a discussion of Amish fiction. “What’s challenging about that—just put […]

The Heart of Your Novel – Part 2

The Heart Of Your Novel Part 1 covered ways to avoid being overwhelmed by rules and formulas of fiction writing and neglect the heart of the story. Numerous elements were listed that make your novel full and better than if you ignored them. Part 2 will cover the specific building blocks that will help you […]

The Heart of Your Novel – Part I

I recently read an article by Steven James in an older edition of Writers Digest magazine that pooh-poohs many of the ideas that are taught about writing fiction, and though I still think many of those techniques or elements work and have value, especially for a newer writers, I do agree on one approach is […]