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8 Mundane Elements That Slow Down Your Story 

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Jane Friedman has picked a few writing tips from Jordon Rosenfeld’s book “How to Write a Page Turner” that aren’t the usual: watch out for adverbs, passive voice, flowery dialogue tags… Items that might slow down your story!

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Realism has its role, but don’t let it bog down your novel. Heed the advice of bestselling author Jordan Rosenfeld about pitfalls that can bore your reader.

Source: 8 Mundane Elements You Should Cut From Your Story | Jane Friedman

5 Writing Tips: Barbara Kingsolver

The tips Barbara Kingsolver is aren’t new (other than the last one, perhaps, which is kind of interesting), but they are good reminders.

p.s. I listened to “Unsheltered” and I enjoyed it. Kingsolver is a wonderful writer. It was well-researched, of course, and interesting, though not necessarily a page turner.

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The enterprise of writing a book has to feel like walking into a cathedral.

Source: 5 Writing Tips: Barbara Kingsolver

How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience 

Always good information from Ms Weiland. Here is a recent post about how and why to use paragraph breaks. To help us all make reading an even more pleasant experience for the people we write for!

Enjoy!

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Writers must use paragraph breaks to direct a reader’s experience of the story’s action and pacing. Here are three guiding principles to keep in mind.

Source: Critique: How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience – Helping Writers Become Authors

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“Don’t lose faith and quit on yourself.” Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Thomas Greanias 

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I get Dan Blank’s e-newsletter and this week he talks about the power we have as writers with the idea that we are starting a new year so we have the opportunity to move forward with ideas we might have as writers. This allows us to take advantage of the time we have and start telling the story you want to share – to make a plan!

I thought you might like to listen to the podcast he did with New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias. Come to find out, Thomas is from my neighboring state of Illinois!

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Today I’m excited to share my interview with New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias. What jumped out at me the most was his advice to writers, and how they have a power that they o…

Source: “Don’t lose faith and quit on yourself.” My Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Thomas Greanias – WeGrowMedia – Dan Blank

Tips Naming Your Characters 

Ever have trouble figuring out names for your characters? It’s not usually an issue I have, though I have made the mistake of naming 2 characters with the same first name, kind of (Lilly and Lilly Mae). I did it on purpose because one was white and one was black and it was a way to make a point, but it did give me a few issues when both characters were in the same room.

Another good place to look for names – your local obituaries! Helps with matching age and ethnicity with a name choice.

Valerie Biel, on her blog, with Kristin Oakley, discusses naming character and gives us lots of different reference posts on the topic.

Source: Naming Your Characters | Valerie Biel

Memoir Structure: 5 Things to Consider When You’re Writing a Memoir

Cheryl Suchors created this post on memoir writing that I think is very helpful. If you’ve been putting off writing that memoir, check this out for some guidelines.

p.s. There is also some information on story boarding that could help any writer!
p.p.s. This is not an endorsement of WDU. I don’t know anything about their writing programs.

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Memoir structure is as crucial as structure in fiction and no good memoir will be able to stand tall without it. Several ingredients can be used to create a structure that works for your book.

Source: Memoir Structure: 5 Things to Consider When You’re Writing a Memoir

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Book Promotion Opportunity

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Books Go Social is looking for content for it’s halloween emagazine so if you’ve got something creepy sitting in a drawer that wants to crawl out, this is the place to let it out!

In exchange you get to add your bio and you book at the end of the article.

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We have a free promotional opportunity for you!mail

We are looking for content for our Halloween magazine.

We are accepting submissions – articles, book reviews, short stories, & excerpts.

Please also let us know if you have a free book during the month of October – we can include it in the magazine as well.

Theme suggestions for our Halloween magazine:

Creepy books to read this Halloween

The art of writing scary characters

Halloween classics

We are also open to suggestions. But please, don’t submit pieces where you just promote your own work.

If your submission is accepted, we will feature a short bio about you and your book at the end of your piece. Articles should be no longer than 800 words, and short stories and excerpts no longer than 1500 words.

If you are interested, please email submissions to admin@booksgosocial.com with Halloween magazine Submission in the subject line.

 

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