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Good Authors Make Writing Mistakes Too

Authors can get sidetracked in an attempted to add extra zing to their novels and create glaring mistakes that undermine their purpose. Here are a few of the mistakes that can be found in author’s manuscripts. Grab Readers On Page One Every author wants to hook the reader with a dynamic opening, such as beginning […]

Creating Suspense Through Backstory

Backstory fulfills a multitude of purposes from creating characterization, goals, motivation and conflicts. But today, think of backstory as a way to build suspense in novels from thrillers to romance. Suspense results from elements in your story that captures reader’s curiosity and pulls them forward searching for the answers. Will Sam find out about Andrea’s […]

Conflict That Lifts The Bar

Problems, crises and conflicts need solutions, but the conflict needs to be strong. It can’t be running out of wine at a party or disagreeing on what movie to see. You all know that arguments and disagreements aren’t worthy of being considered a conflict in fiction. A conflict needs to involve a vital situation or […]

The Self-Publishing Conundrum

After years of condemning self-publishing, the worm has turned (as the cliché goes) and opportunities for traditional authors to publish fiction outside their genre is now open, I have jumped on the Hybrid train. But I have learned that even with fifty-five published novels and four million books in print, selling Indie fiction is not […]

How Readers Get To Know Characters

Everything in a novel means more once a reader gets to know and love the main characters. It’s like life. You care more about your family, friends and neighbors than you do about someone who lives on the next block or a stranger you’ve never met. What’s helps novelists is to understand the various ways […]

POV Is More Than Who Owns The Scene

Most movies don’t provide the inner thoughts of the POV characters. This means the movie’s director has a creative responsibility to focus the camera on what the audience needs to see. He may begin with a long shot and then move to a close up on a detail that makes a difference in the plot, […]

Emerging Theme In Fiction

Many novelists want to leave the reader with a final thought or message as well as to entertain them with the story. Yet a theme cannot be forced into a novel. Instead it is moral, belief or value that seeps into the story on its own and emerges from the story to the reader. Element […]

Plotting Style That Works

Today’s guest blogger is Terri Reed. a multi-award winning novelist who made her dream come true. Look for her newest release, Undercover Marriage, wherever good books are sold. Thanks, Terri, for your information and  encouragement to writers who are still looking for their dream. Plotting Style That Works People often ask me about my process in […]

The 7C’s Method Of Plotting – by Winnie Griggs

  My gust blogger today is  Winnie Griggs, author of historical romacnes and an occasional contemprorary, but after the publicastion of thirteen novels, she is a good one to share her expertise in plotting. I hope you enjoy and learn some new ideas from Winnie’s The 7C’s Method Of Plotting When it comes to plotting, writers […]

Meeting A Main Character

Novels open in many ways, but one thing novels do is present a main character. As a character is introduced, readers begin to gain information about the person, knowledge that helps them understand who the person is and what’s important to him. You get an idea of his goals, motivation, and conflicts. Though readers learn […]