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Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs — Online Class

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the private classes I offer online, so… Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs Do you struggle to determine your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts? Do you know the difference between internal and external … Continue reading

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Make Your Characters Suffer

Make your characters suffer. You’ve probably heard this before. It’s nothing new. However, writers don’t always know what it means—what it really means. There are two things you need to understand in order to properly implement this rule. 1) Making … Continue reading

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How to Fix a Story That Lacks Substance

What does it mean when an editor or agent tells you your story lacks substance? While this might seem obvious, I know there are some of you out there who have scratched their heads when receiving this message. And I … Continue reading

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Do Editors Tell You What You Want to Hear?

I was surprised by something a writer said about editors when he commented on someone’s blog recently. He felt hiring an editor was a waste of money because “they tell you what you want to hear”. Really? Where did he … Continue reading

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8 Things to Do Before You Write a New Book

Are you ready to write a new book? What are some of the things you could do before you begin? -Think about the characters. Some writers interview their characters, and some fill out a questionnaire that reveals everything from the … Continue reading

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Need Help with Characters, Plot Outlines, Contest Entries, and Story Beginnings?

Writers have been talking, and I’ve been listening. They want to find a way to get to know their characters better before they write the story. Check. They need someone to help them with their contest submissions. Check. They want … Continue reading

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Hey, Handsome. What’s Your Name?

What’s in a name? How important are your characters’ names? Should you devote a lot of time to name selection or just wing it? Well, I wouldn’t waste too much of your precious writing time selecting a name. Some people … Continue reading

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Is Your First Line Hooky Enough?

I talk a lot about hooks and how important it is to hook your reader. The first sentence, first paragraph, first page, and first chapter are essential hooks. Lose the reader that early and she won’t be back. I’m not … Continue reading

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Character Blunders

Whether you’re writing a series or a stand-alone book, you have to consider both characters and plot. A character-driven story still needs to have something happen. And a plot-driven story must have compelling characters in order to keep the reader … Continue reading

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Which Characters Belong in Your Story?

While I realize this may be stating the obvious, I still must say that characters are an important part of your story. Even the greatest plots wouldn’t make good stories if the characters weren’t three-dimensional, or were weak, boring, and … Continue reading

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