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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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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

Tips on Memoir Writing

Are you working on a memoir or maybe just thinking about it?

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Michael is correct – writing a memoir is much like writing fiction or it is if you want it to be interesting 🙂

Michael Mohr has written a helpful post on Joanne Penn’s site that you should check out: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/03/09/fiction-techniques-writing-memoir/comment-page-1/#comment-438767

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A Screenwriter’s (and Story Writer’s) Must Does

movieIn honor of the made up but very important (for screenwriters and movie lovers) #nationalscreenwritersday, here are 10 things to remember when writing your screenplay, or when creating most any story from ScreenwritingU – one of the people who set up this “special” day.

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