Maintaining the proper level of pressure on readers to continue reading is essential to a healthy novel. Present tense, when used properly, can put readers on the edge of their seats, eager to turn the next page. Past tense is easier to write, and vanishes into the background, allowing the story to flow easily into […]
Some people have a hard time understanding why the publishing industry insists on labeling every book with a genre. There are many to choose from, and so many novels that cross genres, such as a love story set in the old west. Is that Historical Fiction, Western, or Romance? There are two answers, and I’ll […]
This is the first in a series of posts about the basics of what a novel is, should be, or can be. According to Dictionary.com: A novel is a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism. The word is derived Italian, originally meaning ‘new kind of story’. […]
Another common ailment among new authors is Sisyphus Syndrome. They work hard on a section to submit to a critique group, and the group tears it apart. So they start over, and submit the rewritten section to the group. Or they start a new project, only to have the same thing happen to their next […]
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Prologue Cancer results from a prologue which grows far beyond its intended size. This is often the result when a writer doesn’t understand the purpose of the prologue, and puts in carcinogenic content, bloating the prologue until it chokes off the first chapter, which the audience will never read. Preventing prologue cancer is easy if […]
Manuscript Measles is a common disease, especially among young writers who haven’t built up a good immune system to harsh criticism. It is easily diagnosed when a manuscript is received back from an editor with red marks all over every page. These marks, however, are not the same as the biting, often scathing edits which […]
Dissociative Character Disorder, also known as Multiple Character Disorder, results when the author shows the thoughts of multiple characters in a single scene. The reader becomes dissociated from all the characters, because the author is bouncing between them so fast, the reader has nothing to latch on to. One of the most important aspects where a […]
Almost everyone has had the experience of finding a hair in their soup. If this happens at a restaurant, people are less likely to return. If this happens in a novel, or a series, the author can loose their audience. So what kinds of things qualify as a hair in the soup for writing? The […]