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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 […]


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 […]

She Said; He Didn’t.

“Hi. How are you?” “Fine. Thanks, and you?” “I’m doing well.” “Glad to hear it.” Would you like to read a novel that offers this kind of dialogue? I doubt it. Dialogue is not conversation. Conversation can be boring. In fiction genre, dialogue serves two basic purposes—to move the storyline forward by providing backstory or new […]

Dissecting Your Novel – Part 2

Dissecting Your Novel – Part 1 covered three aspects of editing your own work with a fresh look to tighten and brighten your novels. The elements I covered were: Motivation-reaction unit, cause/effect arrangement of sentences, and the plight of using adverbs. This post will continue with the last three elements: • Placing the most important/emphatic […]

Cutting Dialogue Tags

Dialogue tags— the said and asked we use to connect the speakers name to the dialogue—keeps our writing from using deep POV. Deep POV is the pure viewpoint of the character in a scene whether in first or third person. Authors know that first person is more personal and provides the deepest form of POV […]