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Feedback Tips – Part Three – What to Do with Feedback

Feedback Tips – Part Three – What to Do with Feedback

Hello! It’s time for a new installment in this blog series which I definitely didn’t forget I was writing. We’ve talked about when you should ask for feedback and what kind of feedback you should ask for, but the next step is critical: What do you do when you get feedback? Now, a lot of this will depend on what kind of feedback it is and what stage your book was in. If you just threw a first draft of…

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Feedback Tips: Part One – When to Ask for Feedback

Feedback Tips: Part One – When to Ask for Feedback

In my time on writing forums, blogs, and in just talking to people, one of the most common topics is feedback. Whether it’s people not being sure how to give feedback, how to ask for feedback, or what to do with feedback, it’s amazing how many issues come up. Even worse, quite a few of the other questions that I see are flawed because the author is asking for feedback at the wrong time or in the wrong way, which…

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The Opening Line

The Opening Line

Tuesday, we talked about your opening scene and what purpose it serves. It needs to introduce the main character, explain why that character is interesting, and lead into the plot. Today, we’ll focus in a little more and look at the first paragraph of the book. Some of these things may seem like they overlap with Tuesday’s post. They’re supposed to. For obvious reasons, what you’ve chosen for your first scene affects what you do in the first line. This…

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The Opening Scene

The Opening Scene

Your opening scene is important, because that’s where you have to hook the reader. If they don’t care about your main character by the end of the first scene, they’re unlikely to finish your story, much less enjoy it. One book I recently started to read opened with a ten-page prologue set a hundred years after the actual story. I made it to page twelve. Another opened with the POV character talking to her sister over breakfast, with a paragraph…

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Said is Dead

Said is Dead

Last week, we talked about the dangers of having a thesaurus around when you are writing. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most common things a thesaurus will do: kill “said.”

An Editor Grumbles About Punctuation: Exclamation Points, Commas, and Semicolons.

An Editor Grumbles About Punctuation: Exclamation Points, Commas, and Semicolons.

As you may have guessed from the title, today we’re going to talk about different errors in punctuation. I know, it’s everyone’s favorite thing to read about on a Thursday morning. But punctuation is one of those little things that can screw up a good book, especially when it changes the meaning of the sentence. Knowing the rules for how these work will help you do better in your first draft, which means editing and proofreading will go much easier.

You’ve Finished Your Nano Novel, Now What? – Part Six

You’ve Finished Your Nano Novel, Now What? – Part Six

You’re almost done! You’ve put a lot of work into your novel, even after the thirty days of NaNo. It probably looks a lot different than the one you started with. You’ve added new scenes, changed plot points, fixed character development, and removed most of the awkward phrasing and dialogue.

Book Recommendation Day: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Book Recommendation Day: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Todd lives in a world of Noise. There is never true silence, because everywhere on the planet, the thoughts of men and animals alike are completely audible to everyone around them. When the settlers landed on the New World, fleeing the horrors of Earth, they did not expect the natives that awaited or the virus that would cause their thoughts to become public knowledge and result in the deaths of all of the women in Prentisstown. But as Todd approaches…

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