Monthly Archives: January 2009

Specifics, Please!

How’s this? I pushed open the door, walked to the car, drove a few miles past farmer’s fields, and found myself at Myra’s house. Well, I suppose it gets the job done. And perhaps you want your reader to concentrate … Continue reading

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Loves the Free Chapter a Week!

Arlene sent this comment to me using the American Flying Broomstick comment form: I’ve been getting the free weekly subscription for a while now, since Randy C. talked about it in his “this is true” newsletter. When you told us … Continue reading

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Describing an Event

How do you like to describe events in your novel? By event I mean something that happens to further the plot. Let’s take an example. Your outline (you do have an outline, don’t you?) says that Jack, Mary, and Jane … Continue reading

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Broom News

This was sent to all folks on my various Flying Broomstick mailing lists: Greetings from Broom Headquarters! I’ve been making changes and I think you’ll like them. 1. I’m dropping out of Amazon, which means I can lower the price … Continue reading

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The Publishing World is Changing

Think of it. You write a novel. You find an agent. The agent gets you a contract with a publisher. An editor at the publisher works with you for weeks to hone your prose. The book is released with all … Continue reading

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Keep Your Language Straightforward

I’m reading a non-fiction book on William Tyndale, an early advocate for an English translation of the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek; in fact, his own translation serves as the basis for the King James Bible. It’s a … Continue reading

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Whence Conflict?

In previous posts, I’ve talked about a necessary ingredient in your novel (indeed, in all fiction): conflict. So what should the conflict be? Sometimes it’s obvious, for example your novel on star-crossed lovers. Other times it may not be. When … Continue reading

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Proposal Writing

I haven’t put a post up for the last couple days because I’ve been deeply involved in writing a proposal for my day job. Pondering this, I think the similarities between writing a good novel and writing a good proposal … Continue reading

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Imagine Your Scene

When I write a scene, I’m writing down what I’ve already imagined. In fact, I live my novels! I’ve thought through the scene as though I were there as one of the participants. I see it, feel it, smell it, … Continue reading

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My Scene isn’t Working!

You’ve honed your characters and written their bios and let their backstories consume your daydreams. The conflict is palpable. The plot is moving forward. But you’ve rewritten your scene to the point of wearing out your keyboard, and it still … Continue reading

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