by Victor Salinas
Every writer, at some point in time, is bound to ask themselves: How long should a book be?
As a novelist you want to make sure the length is right. Too short and your readers will be severely disappointed. Too long and you risk boring them.
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by Lev Raphael
Lots of writers dream of writing a “big book.” It’s a book that gets advertised and reviewed everywhere. A book that people are reading on trains, planes, subways, and listening to in their cars on cross country trips or morning commutes.
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by L. G. Estrella
Adjectives are wonderful words. A few well-used adjectives can add spice to a passage of writing. However, a few poorly used adjectives can lead to disaster, and two of the easiest ways to misuse adjectives are to either use too many or to use adjectives that are just over the top.
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by Allison Maruska
Have you read a story where the character knew everything that was going on and merely went through a checklist to solve the problem?
I certainly hope not, because that would be boring as hell.
Continue reading Does Your Story Need More Tension?
Hello everyone. I’m seeking your opinion.
I’m close to publishing my next ebook. This one is non-fiction, with 1,000 story ideas and writing prompts for fiction writers. There’s an intro discussing methods for creating your own ideas, then it launches into the writing prompts themselves.
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Someone recently asked me about writing with emotion. This is really about creating the emotionally engaging character because if you don’t write emotion into your character, the reader won’t connect with that character on an emotional level. It’s hard to explain the difference between a great story and an emotionally satisfying story because the distinction is subtle.
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by Meg D.
Writing itself is a solo activity. Being a writer is not. We can teach ourselves how to write stories and read books and try to get better, but it’s working with other writers, and finding mentors to guide us, that make us great at what we do.
Continue reading Five Things My Mentors Have Taught Me About Writing