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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Crappy First Drafts

Hi NaNo-ers and non-NaNo-ers. I was all set to write a post this week about how it’s okay to write a crappy first draft because you can always revise it…yada yada yada. I started writing it several times before I

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What Makes an Amazing First Chapter?

This month, I’ve critiqued tons of ten-page samples, and most of them were the first pages of a novel. It’s reminded me how important the first chapter of your novel is. I know, I know—you’ve heard this a million times.

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Read Better to Write Better

In every writers group, in every forum, in every book or blog about writing—you’ll find this advice: if you want to write (or write better), read. See, it’s easy for writers to get caught up in the writing process and

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DOs and DON’Ts of Deep POV

What deep POV is Deep POV (Point of View) has been increasing in publishing for the last 20 years or so, and it’s getting more popular every year. Sometimes it’s also called tight or close POV. If you’ve ever gotten

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Plot-driven or Character-driven: Does it Really Matter?

A lot of you have asked lately about the difference between plot-driven books and character-driven books. These terms are thrown around and often used pretty loosely. To many writers, the terms “character-driven” and “plot-driven” imply that one is less important

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Which is Better—First or Third Person Point of View?

POV (point of view, not power of veto, all you Big Brother viewers) is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your book. Although traditionally third person is most popular, many writers find first person works better

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How to Escape the Show, Don’t Tell Trap

Nothing is worse than getting the dreaded “show, don’t tell” note back from your editor. You read it again and again, repeating in your mind: I thought I was showing. This looks like showing to me! So, how do you

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Should you eliminate adverbs from your writing?

Never use adverbs. Every writer has heard that advice at some point. I even saw some writers talking about it on Facebook last week. But, should you follow it? In a word: no. In more words – strong writers use

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