Writing a Synopsis – Condensing Your Novel
Nov23

Writing a Synopsis – Condensing Your Novel

  Writing a synopsis is one of the most daunting chores a writer must face. After spending months lovingly crafting a complex plot, realizing and nurturing a cast of characters and painstakingly selecting the right prose for descriptions, how do you then summarize your masterpiece in just 2 or 3 pages? There is simply too much information in a 400 page novel to condense into a brief blurb. How will an editor ever catch all the...

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Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense
Nov23

Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense

  “Dan stood on the wet paving, his arms limp by his side, his jaw hanging in horror, as he peered through a crack in the curtains. Before him a man crept towards the figure of his wife as she lay on the sofa. “Leave my wife alone,” his mind screamed silently. His mouth formed the words but no sound would come. On the sofa his wife smiled and opened her arms invitingly. Dan did not notice his car keys drop from...

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How Long Should Your Story Be?
Nov23

How Long Should Your Story Be?

  One common question asked by many writers is: “How long should my story be?” The simplest answer is: As long as it takes to tell the whole story. If your story is done after a few thousand words, great. If it takes you three novels to complete the story you want to tell, that’s just fine too. It’s your story. However, there are certain word lengths that editors prefer to see when submitting work.  ...

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Writing Dazzling Dialogue
Nov23

Writing Dazzling Dialogue

  Before I begin, it’s important to understand a little about dialogue in fiction. Regardless of what you might read on the page, dialogue in a story is NOT about two people talking to each other, nor is it written speech. Dialogue is one of the most important tools at a writer’s disposal. It should represent, but not mimic real speech. And it should impart vital information. The good part here is that it is not as...

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Copyrighting an Idea
Nov22

Copyrighting an Idea

  While surfing around on the net recently, I noticed a spate of articles dealing with plagiarism. Most of these articles focused on the various copyright issues of writers whose works have been reproduced verbatim without the author’s prior consent. So I’m not going to do yet another article on that topic.   Other sites have featured FAQ pages, where a lot of writers have asked the question “What if...

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