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Each Character Has His Story

Each character in a novel has his own story, even the villain. This brief vide is probably an ad for a restaurant but it reminds us that each person we see is carrying the burden or the joy of his own story…something that affects his life and his point of view. The  character’s story relates to […]

Imagery In Fiction by guest blogger Renee Ryan

I’m always pleased to introduce a guest blogger to share another take on an element or techinque in writing fiction. Today Renee Ryan visits us again with the topic: Imagery. You will find this fiction technique to be good for stimulating your creative juices. Imagery can enhance your story in a unique way.  So here’s […]

Marketing In and Outside The Box

Most authors have learned the task of marketing and promoting their books whether they like it or not. Gone are the days of heavy duty promotion from traditonal publishers with all the new releases. Today traditional publishers are expecting authors to bear the brunt of promoting their own books. Publishers are letting go the publicity […]

The Clear Enigma of An Oxymoron

Before enigma is defined for those who don’t know, one can be found in the title. If an enigma is clear or obvious then it’s not an enigma or a secret. And there is the crux. Definition An oxymoron is a figure of speech such other poetic devices such as a metaphor or simile is […]

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, […]