Where to Start Your Novel

Successful commercial fiction doesn’t start with first words you ever put on the page. The start is where the true beginning lies. It’s where the book takes off.

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Writing a Synopsis Can Be More Difficult Than Writing a Book

The first paragraph of a book synopsis should “set the scene” – where, when, who the protagonist is and what the problem or challenge is.

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Worried About Writing Your Memoir?

Tweet Many writers want to share their memoirs; maybe with just their children or grandchildren or maybe with the world. But what if someone they write about sues them? Should I be candid about my abusive father or my alcoholic mother? Will my sister take offense if I reveal her stay in rehab? In a […]

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How to End Your Story

As a writer, you should have some idea of how you want to end your story from the beginning. When I began writing Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever, I thought I knew how I wanted it to end.

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Need to Jump Start Your Writing?

I’ve been very lazy this summer. Haven’t had a creative thought in my head. My writing club takes the summer off and other than reading a couple of books, which weren’t very good, my contribution to the literary world has been nil.

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Tips on How to Write an Effective Book Description

You breathe a sigh of relief when you type the last page of your novel. But that lovely feeling is soon quelled by the fact that you now must write a synopsis. And if that isn’t challenging enough, if you’re an indie author, you also have to write a brief description; a sales pitch that will entice a potential reader to buy your book.

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Choosing Names That Fit Your Characters

Choosing the wrong name for a character can be disastrous. A poor choice can jar a reader, make the character less memorable or worse, send the wrong message.

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Sample Query Letter That Actually Worked

Worse than writing the book is the daunting task of crafting the query letter. How do you hook an agent?

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Should You Reveal the Ending in a Synopsis?

What’s harder than writing a query letter? Writing a synopsis. Seriously, how can you summarize an 82,000 word novel in a couple of pages?

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Watch Your Grammar!

You say “that” and I say “which.” You say “may” and I say “might.” You say “affect” and I say “effect.” Let’s call the whole thing off.

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