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Speed dating and page one

We’ve all heard about the importance of first impressions, and there are warehouses full of data which support the concept. For a novel–especially for a writer’s first novel–nothing is more important. If the opening of your story fails the first … Continue reading

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Writing a novel is like…

…eating an elephant. You have to do it one bite at a time. No one seems to care how the elephant feels about this. The point, obviously, is that writing a novel is a big job, and you won’t finish … Continue reading

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Oh, those damned middles!

You know how it starts, and you know how it ends. Now what? For many, including most of my writing students, the gaping black hole which sits between the beginning and the end of a story can be daunting. How … Continue reading

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You’re stuck? Too bad. How to write a novel–part 34

Where did it all go wrong? Your story was cooking along nicely right up until– Hm. Somehow, somewhere along the way, something happened–either to the plot or your enthusiasm. Maybe both. Or maybe it was something else, some wrong turn, loose end, or … Continue reading

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Whut’s that ya say? How to write a novel–part 21

Good dialog isn’t real, it just feels that way. Say what? Oy. There goes Langston–on his way ’round the bend. Again. But seriously, just listen to a “normal” conversation, and you’ll understand: And suddenly, a full minute of your life is … Continue reading

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Don’t need no stinkin’ genre! How to write a novel — part 3

We left off last time with a “what if” after sketching a quick look at a couple primary characters in a contemporary, non-fantasy setting. (Okay, the lingerie model issue may have been a bit of fantasy.) Point is, one of … Continue reading

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How to write a novel — part 1

Since I’ve finished ten novels, I have a pretty clear idea how it’s done. And, with the exception of my first effort, which now resides in a landfill somewhere, I fully believe the books I’ve written are worth reading. Those … Continue reading

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