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Don’t Fake It—Learn the Craft

If you want to write a novel or other fiction, learn the craft. Don’t fake it. You can learn how to write, learn the rules and the elements of fiction.

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Description—How to Make Readers Fall In & Never Escape

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Today we’re going to address a topic that—GASP—I don’t believe we’ve ever covered in almost 800 blogs. Namely because it is a tricky one to address. We’re going to talk about description. For those who never use description or very sparse description? Don’t fret. That’s just your voice. Readers like me who looooove description will probably gravitate to other books and that is OKAY.

Personally, I’m not a fan of austere modern houses with stainless steel everything and weird chairs no human could sit in and most cats would avoid, but? There are plenty of people who dig it. I also don’t like a lot of knick-knacks and clutter. Makes me want to start cleaning.

Same with books. Not too little or too much. Yeah, I’m Literary Goldilocks.

Plain fact? We can’t please everyone. Description (or lack thereof) is a component of…

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Revise vs Edit

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35 Links To Help You Research Your Novel

This is a super handy list. Thanks, Darla!

Darla G. Denton

35 Links to Help You Research Your novel

For some writers, research is a nasty 8 letter word that should not be uttered in their presence.

For others, research is one of the most exciting parts of writing a book.

For most, whether you like to do research or not, it can drain hours of your writing time leaving you to wonder if you are ever going to get some actual writing done.

What does it mean to “research a book”?

There are a hundred different ways to answer that question with even more methods to do it in. Researching a book is basically taking the time to learn about:

  • A place/location you are writing about
  • A period in time you are writing about
  • A culture you are writing about

It can be as simple as:

  • Looking up the location on the internet to get a basic idea or traveling to that location to get a real sense of the…

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Sentence clauses and where to put the comma. With gratuitous nudity.

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Warning: The naked monster in this picture has nothing to do with the content below and is therefore gratuitous. Warning: The naked monster in this picture has nothing to do with the content below and is therefore gratuitous.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to think up an enticing blog post title when your topic is sentence clauses? That’s about as unsexy a thing as can be discussed. My other options were Full Frontal Commas and When Punctuation Marks Hook Up, but I ultimately decided “sentences clauses” and “comma” both belonged because the union of those two language elements is what we’re talking about today.

I’m willing to bet that when writers express worry about their punctuation skills, their chief grief is commas. Like, when to use one and where to put it (by the way, if you block out the rest of this post, you have to admit what I just wrote could be sexy). Today I shall discuss one aspect of comma…

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The Hidden EVIL of Flashbacks

I’m especially loving these latest posts, it’s as if Kristen is speaking directly to my present struggles. Excellent advice, as always.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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So you want to be a writer. Okay. I’ll be blunt because that’s my superpower. Check your conscience at the door keyboard. Writers are not civilized humans. In fact, we are the opposite. We are the reptilian brain to the power of a million. We probe and prod and poke the weak places. Great storytellers are nothing short of sadists. We take a perfectly empathetic/likable person, toss their life in a Vita-Mix and blend, churning that mixture from Level 1-1000.

That is called conflict.

Stories are about people with problems to be solved. Everything else is a travel brochure.

One of the reasons I LOVE teaching craft is I get to see the work/stories of other writers. Recently, I held my First Five Pages class and could hear the collective groans when I said, “NO FLASHBACKS. EVER.” But I am a benevolent dictator and instructed those submitting pages, that if…

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Tips for spotting and correcting plot holes

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10 Tips for Getting Published as a Romance Writer | Guilty Pleasures | POV | PBS

I admit I’m not very good with Twitter. There is so much content…almost too much content…that I can’t keep up.

Out of the deluge information, this simple beauty of a post caught my eye.

If you fancy yourself a writer, and have plans to publish (traditional, indie, or hybrid) then these tips may be useful.

10 Tips for Getting Published as a Romance Writer | Guilty Pleasures | POV | PBS.

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