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Are you using too many cliches in your writing? Do you need to avoid cliches?

Do You Need to Avoid Clichés?

How Cliché is Using Clichés in Your Writing? This one’s a tough nut to crack. Avoiding cliches is like avoiding headaches. We’d all love to, but there’s no way we’ll ever completely avoid them. With hundreds of cliches, they’re as thick as pea soup, and therefore, often the first ideas which come to mind. Clichés...

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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

Fine Tuning Your Manuscript – Part One

You’ve Written “The End” – But Is Your Book Ready? 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. If you’ve only written the words The End, once or twice – if you’ve spent very little time...

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

Fine Tuning Your Manuscript – Part Three

Engage Your Characters in Their Setting 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 just take place in a vacuum. What are your characters holding in their hands? If they’re not...

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How do you keep the writing momentum up? What are some ideas to help with writer's block - what to do when you just can't write! Writing Help!

Writer’s Block – Keep the Writing Momentum

How to Avoid & Crush Writer’s Block Silencing the Inner Critic – Overcoming writer’s block sometimes involves shutting up the little green monster that sits on the writer’s shoulder (particularly the beginning writer) telling them that everything they write is stupid, and that they’ll never make it as a writer. Find a way to build...

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