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Twelve Questions To Ask Yourself After That First Draft Is Done

You’ve finished your first draft! You are so, so, so proud. This is an accomplishment worth celebrating! And in the midst of your hard work, you’ve fought all kinds of self-doubt and torment. The quoted author was right, you really did just open a vein and bleed.  But you’re not done. Please, for the love … Continue reading Twelve Questions To Ask Yourself After That First Draft Is Done

Beginning Badly: Eight Awful Ways To Start A Novel

 In the beginning . . . It’s the first page of a brand new novel. Will it be a good beginning or a bad one? Within reading the first two sentences, you’ve already made a decision on whether or not you’ll keep reading. Your reader has too. If they have picked up your novel, they may … Continue reading Beginning Badly: Eight Awful Ways To Start A Novel

Eleven Requirements For The First Pages of Your Bestseller

The first pages of a book are like opening a door. I let myself go at the beginning and write with an easy mind, but by the time I get to the middle I begin to grow timid and to fear my story will be too long…That is why the beginning of my stories is … Continue reading Eleven Requirements For The First Pages of Your Bestseller