Tag : Writing

Written on Oct, 18, 2015 by in , | 5 Comments.

Do you have limited writing time but big goals? A guest post today, by my fantasy author friend, Autumn Birt. Are you a writer? If so, are you meeting your writing goals? Writing is a passion, one usually cobbled together from stolen moments and highs of inspiration. But if you get the writing bug and you get it bad, finding …

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Written on Apr, 23, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.

Everyone has a novel in them. Or so the saying goes. Friends and colleagues often approach me, often sheepishly, about their desire to write a book, or problems they are having in getting started. Well it’s fantastic news that you want to write a novel! Go for it. Here are just a few of the questions I’ve been asked. I …

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Written on Nov, 23, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

Don’t make it hard on yourself. Without feedback, one of two things will likely happen: You’ll think your first draft is so wonderful and perfect that you’ll send it out, not realizing you have terrible grammar, spelling and/or serious plot and characterization flaws. You’ll think your writing is the worst piece of junk, second guess yourself, give credence to your …

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Written on Oct, 11, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

How long is a chapter, and should I give them names? I’ve had this question several times now, and I’m sure established authors have a million times, but I always enjoy answering questions from first time writers like myself. How long is a chapter? It’s so tempting to reply “how long is a piece of string”, but that doesn’t really …

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Written on Oct, 02, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

Does your protagonist drive your plot, or is he just along for the ride? It’s usually easy to spot: the plot or other characters advance the story and the protagonist simply reacts to events. This is ok in moderation. We can’t expect the hero to do everything. Often, he isn’t in control of events, certainly isn’t omniscient, and ends up …

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