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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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When “Nothing Happens” in a Scene

What does it mean when an agent or editor tells you nothing happens in a scene? I mean, there’s at least one character in the scene. Why do industry professionals think nothing is happening? With some scenes, it’s pretty obvious. … 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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How to Add Conflict to Your Story

Let’s face it, guys. Without conflict, there is no story. Happy characters are boring. Characters that go through their days without some sort of conflict are… meh. Readers read to escape not to experience the same kind of life they’re … 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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Learn HOW to Write

As a freelance editor, I sometimes have writers ask me why I think they need to “learn the craft of writing”. Let me set the record straight. It’s not that I believe they need to know their craft—well, I do, … Continue reading

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How to Create Conflict in a One Character Scene

You can probably imagine all kinds of ways a scene with two characters or more can have conflict. But what about a scene with only one character in it? Impossible? Not so. Important? You betcha. If your character is alone … Continue reading

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Why Agents Reject Query Letters Part 2

Last week, we looked at nine reasons agents reject query letters. Let’s take a look at eight more reasons for these rejections. – Not following guidelines. Most agents want you to paste the query into the email instead of sending it … Continue reading

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What Can a Writing Coach Do for You?

As a freelance editor and fiction writing coach, I often have people ask me what I do as a writing coach, so I thought I’d put it all together in a post. Writing coaching means different things to different people … Continue reading

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The Three-Act Structure – Part 2

Last week, we talked about act one of the three act structure. Now, let’s look at act two. Many beginner writers mistake the middle of the novel, act two, as a simple transition period between the start and end of … Continue reading

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