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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.

What is the Best Point of View to Use in Fiction?

Benefits and Drawbacks of Each POV in Your MS

How to use different points of view in your novel manuscript for fiction.

As a beginning writer who chose to write my first book in first-person narrative, I discovered the drawbacks of such an approach the hard way.

Halfway through the book,… 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

World Building – Information Dumps in Your Story

Are You Overwhelming Your Readers?

World-building in science fiction novels and stories - are you giving readers too much information at a time?

Have you ever run across a prologue like this:


(usually in sci-fi books)

Captain Briggs took the helm and began shouting orders. “Ensign, optimize the traspositional filtration valves to ignite the gravitational destabilizers.”… 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

Edit Your Book

Why You Should Edit Before You Send to An Editor

Editing your book - what's the point of editing before sending to an editor? Does a book editor charge extra if my work is bad?

Whether you’re publishing your book yourself, sending to an agent, or to a publisher follow these important tips.

When you’re getting ready to send your manuscript off, always… 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

How to Write a Book – Tips & Ideas

What's the Best Way to Write a Book?

What is the Best Way to Write a Book? Here's How to Write the Best Way for You

There are as many answers to that questions as there are authors. And while no answer is inherently better than another, a few examples should serve to set the aspiring… Continue reading

Fine Tuning Your Manuscript – Part Three

Engage Your Characters in Their Setting

How to make your characters engage and interact in their surroundings and create real a world setting in your book.

When you’re characters interact through dialogue, make them interact as well with their surroundings.

There should be a continual interplay of character and setting. Examine your dialogue sections to ensure they don’t… 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