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Can I Write Novels Even if I Haven’t Had an Interesting Life?

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By Larry Kahaner

I came across a blog from Guy Portman titled “10 Famous Authors’ Day Jobs” in which he lists… well…you get it.

What struck me most from reading Guy’s blog post is how many famous authors eventually gave up their day jobs (Natch. They’re famous.) and how many used what they knew from their day jobs and incorporated it into their writings.

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How to Deepen Your Worldbuilding

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By Cecilia Lewis

Setting and worldbuilding are critical aspects of your novel. Having a vivid setting can pull readers into your story and bring it to life, and unique worldbuilding is often what sets a book apart. In editing both my clients’ books and my own, I find that establishing the setting is an underdeveloped or underused skill for many writers. I often work with my clients to strengthen the setting details in their works, and I also work consciously on establishing the setting and worldbuilding in my own writing.

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20 Tips For Writing a Captivating Short Story (Part 2)

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by Mindy Halleck

[Continued from part 1]

11. Start in the POV (the head) of your main protagonist. It’s best to use their name right in the first sentence to establish them as the POV character, the one readers will identify with and cheer for. As soon as possible let readers know their approximate age, gender, and role in the story world.

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High Profile – Book Review

Here’s another book review from the Book Review Directory.

The Book Review Directory

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Title: High Profile: A Jesse Stone Novel

Author: Robert B. Parker

Format: Paperback edition, Berkley Books

Published: 2008

It is no secret that I am a reader largely of mysteries, most notably PI series.  For anyone who has followed what I do and review, it is also not hard to determine that I am a major fan of Robert B. Parker’s work.  

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20 Tips For Writing a Captivating Short Story (Part 1)

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by Mindy Halleck

Today, as I edit, trim, cut, and otherwise obliterate a short story I wrote that ended up to be 8,000 words, but needs to be 5,000 words, I am reminded of this quote:

“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.” -Henry David Thoreau

Wise man.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Book Review

Here’s another book review from the Book Review Directory.

The Book Review Directory

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

RaeleighReads rating: 5 out of 5 coffee cups

“Scattered toys, evidence of children long gone, lay skinned in dust. Creeping mold had turned window-adjacent walls black and furry. Fireplaces were throttled with vines that had descended from the roof and had begun to spread across the floor like alien tentacles.”

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Use Your Verbs

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by Joel Orr

An easy way to empower your writing, build your voice, and help your audience better ‘see’ your message is to utilize verbs over qualifiers like adjectives and adverbs. It’s easy to fall into a habit of using words as they’re ‘assigned’ – adjectives show, so I guess we’ll use them to show – and that habit actually limits visualization and creation within writing.

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