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5 Ways To Get Your Book Lean And Fit

Thank-you for the overwhelming response I received for last week’s post, Do you ever feel like the author of the book you are reading is trying to kill you? I have added your suggestions in the comments section. It is spring in the southern hemisphere and I…

5 Reasons To Write Crime Fiction

Why we read crime fiction We are curious creatures. The dark side fascinates us. We love to listen to secrets. We like uncovering lies. But more than that, we want to find out how, and why, we act the way we do. Real life is…

Talk Show — How To Let Your Characters Tell Their Story

Dialogue (dy- ã- log) noun: words spoken by characters in a novel, play or screenplay. Dialogue is what story people say. Though it must sound as natural as people talking in real life, every word must be filtered to suit a character, the plot and other…

Is Genre A Straitjacket?

Some writers believe their stories don’t fit into the neat pigeonholes of an Exclusive Books or Amazon. They prickle when you bring up the subject of popular and commercial genres like romance or suspense. It’s a straitjacket: constricting, narrow, stereotypical. Testing your story But does…

The Internal Critic Strikes Back

Gimme A Break In Writers Write, we always ask delegates to write a letter dismissing their internal critic. They can be pretty brutal. The poor guy takes a lot of abuse. Now, for the first time ever, he hits back with his side of the…

When A Writer Dies

≈ ← This is a pinch of salt. Consider it a serving suggestion. When a writer dies the world is a sadder place. As they place the final strokes and bold flourishes on the manuscript of their lives, as the ink dries and the pen…

Amused – 9 New Muses to Make You Write

Fellow writer, Mia Botha’s blog The Writing Muse We Need  got me thinking about what motivates me to write. Right now, it’s a crippling deadline I’m trying to avoid. The Nine Writing Muses According to those old Greeks, there are nine muses. What modern muse would light a…

The Writing Muse I Really Need

I look at the faces on the mirrored-wall and I try to find sympathy with my fellow victims. The woman I see is red in the face, bellowing like an ox. Her frizzy hair looks like antennae. At least, I don’t look like…, oh crap!…

Words That Ruin Pacing

Avoid these words when you write: all at once began to eventually immediately just then might often proceeded to started to suddenly then Don’t say: Sarah immediately began to think about leaving Tom. Do say: Sarah thought about leaving Tom. Don’t say: Just then Jabu…

Writing Tip – Plotting

Excellent advice for anyone who wants to write a novel. Always have a plan. If you enjoyed this post, you will love: Five Really Good Reasons To Outline Your Novel - before you write a word Six Sub-Plots That Add Style To Your Story The Top…
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