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How to Edit a Book

01/07/2014 11:02:47 AM

“Never rewrite or edit just for the sake of change, only for improvement.” –Helen Gurley Brown   Every writer has their own technique to editing and there is no wrong way to go about it. All I can do is share how I edit my books to help you develop your own technique.   &..

Should You Kill Off Your Protagonist?

12/17/2013 11:03:19 AM

“Should I kill off my protagonist?” This is a question that many aspiring writers ask themselves and sometimes they can’t decide whether they should or not.   Is it bad to kill off your protagonist? Not necessarily, but it isn’t good either. Killing off your protagonist ..

Innocence by Dean Koontz

12/16/2013 12:26:18 PM

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.   She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.   But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. ..

Oh, That Pesky Leak! – 4 Stories of Literary Revelations

12/06/2013 09:40:03 AM

Ah, the dreaded leak. My boyfriend and I are big fans of the show The Walking Dead. This past week the season finale aired while we were away from home. Before we could curl up on the couch to check out the episode On Demand the next day, the ending was leaked to both of us by different sources. Don..

Writing About: A Battle

11/26/2013 19:58:34 PM

Here are 16 steps/tips on how to write a battle:   · Tell your readers about the days that lead up to the battle. Describe the growing tension. How do your characters feel about the approaching battle? What are the last details they see to?   · The day of the battle: How do y..

Writing About: Intimacy

11/12/2013 10:31:26 AM

This post is for anyone who wants to know how to write about love scenes.   In my post, How to Write Romance, I mentioned there are two ways to go about writing a romantic scene. The first route is soft and sweet. The second is hot and steamy. So, I am going to go more in-depth on these tw..

Writing About: Fictional War

11/12/2013 10:29:21 AM

War is a big topic in the last book of my supernatural-thriller series, so I want to share with you the steps you can take if you ever need to write about war.   10 STEPS:   1. How does it start? War cannot just sprout out of nowhere. There has to be events that lead up to it. In my b..

Writing About: A President

10/21/2013 13:55:37 PM

FYI: This is a literature post for writers who are interested in writing about a fictional president. This is not a political post! Please keep that in mind. Thank you!   In chapter twenty of my final supernatural-thriller, I introduce a newcharacter . . . the President of the United States of ..

Writing About: A Funeral

10/21/2013 13:53:31 PM

Funerals are always emotional. When you have to write about a character’s funeral, it’s all about the emotion you convey.   These tips can help you to heighten the emotion:   1. Devote a good paragraph to the setting.   What does the funeral home look like? What kind of fl..

Writing About: Murder

10/21/2013 13:50:21 PM

I already told you how to write about a crime scene, but now I’m going to tell you how to write about murder, whether your readers know who the suspect is or not.   The best method of writing about a murder is from the suspect’s perspective. To do this, you have to get into your ant..

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