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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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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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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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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Guest Author Interview with Jessica Vealitzek

I am pleased to welcome fellow She Writes author and blogger Jessica Vealitzek to my author spotlight.

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Guest Author Interview with Regina Swint

Please join me in welcoming Regina Swint, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, a publisher and the author of The Other Side of 30.

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Literary Scams and Schemes – A Year in Review

Take a look at Writer Beware’s most notable posts of 2011.

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Writing Tips That Can Save You Years

My first novel took thirteen years to finish. My second novel took three years. I’ve made a pledge to start my third novel in 2012, and as I’m not getting any younger, I need to speed up my writing process. Toward this goal, I’m learning all I can about the craft.

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Writing Good Dialogue

One of my favorite parts of writing fiction is writing good dialogue; dialogue that’s quick and smart and doesn’t slow the reader down.

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