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writing your book

Story Pacing – Urgency – Hooking Readers

The First Fifty - Crucial - Pages of Your Book

Using urgency for your characters and putting them in peril to keep your readers engaged and turning the page of your book.

Adverbs – Part Three

The Dreaded LYs

Do I really have to avoid adverbs in my novel manuscript? Should my story have less adverbs? How to use adverbs in fiction without overdoing it.

When discussing adverbs in regards to writing fiction, the kind we’re usually talking about are the ly words – like clearly, dearly, and madly.

Many high-brow critics complain that the use of… Continue reading

Adverbs – Part Two

What Words Serve as Both Adjectives & Adverbs?

Adverb lessons - what do adverbs modify in writing? How do I use adverbs in writing my book novel manuscript? Is it okay to use adverbs in fiction?

Yes, some words can serve as both adjectives and adverbs.

  • He swung hard with a right hook.

Here, hard serves as an adverb which modifies the verb swung.

Adverbs – Part One

What is an Adverb?

 An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.

Here’s some examples:

Adverbs in writing your story - what are adverbs? What do they modify? How to use them - or not - in your novel.

Adjective Form:

  • happy
  • clear
  • close
  • dear
  • perfect

Adverb Form:

  • happily
  • clearly
  • closely
  • dearly
  • perfectly

Of course,… Continue reading

Sentence Fragments – Stylistic Choice?

Should I Use Sentence Fragments?

Should I use sentence fragments in my book manuscript? Is this bad writing or style?
Sentence fragments.


Who cares? You? Me?

Anyone?

Depends.

Writing nonfiction?

Probably wouldn’t.

Work, that is.

Writing fiction?

Could be.

Depends.

On what?

Style.

With some authors?

Might work.

Others?

Not so much.

A… Continue reading

Active Versus Passive Voice

Engage Your Reader with Active Voice in Your Writing

How to write and revise your novel manuscript with active voice - passive examples.

While it has it’s uses – mostly in business writing – passive voice is considered weak and unappealing.

Technically speaking, voice is determined by the property of a transitive… Continue reading

Fine Tuning Your Manuscript – Part Two

The Three S's - Scene, Setting, and Senses

How to know if your book novel manuscript is ready to be published or sent to an agent.

Stories don’t occur in a bubble.

They have to be set in a real and believable place. And what makes a scene or setting, is detail.

And what makes the… Continue reading

Fine Tuning Your Manuscript – Part One

You've Written "The End" - But Is Your Book Ready?

How to fine-tune your book's manuscript before you send to an editor, agent, or publish - how to make your novel is the best it can be

Okay, so you’ve finally reached the magic words, The End.

But is it really?

Are you done?

Have you really finished your book?

Chances are, you haven’t.… Continue reading