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The Plot Thickens Outlining

This is an excerpt from “The Plot Thickens:21 Ways to Plot Your Novel“, written by me and my wildly creative partner, Jack Monroe. Love It or Hate It, It’s Time to OutlineIt’s time to outline your story.  I’m a big fan of outlining; it helps me stay organized and focused, and keeps me drifting off…

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How to add depth to the characters you write by using their birth order

How birth order affects your characters We all know the cliches of the spoiled baby of the family or the tyrant older sister.  Why not use this information to drive your characters through your story? In “Birth Order, Adding Depth to the Characters You Write,” I examine the strengths and flaws of each child of…

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Start Your Book The Right Way

Start Your Book the Right Way-How to Hook Your Readers Even if you’re new to writing, you know the importance of writing a hook for your novel. It grabs your reader’s attention and convinces him to buy. A good hook raises questions, piques curiosity, and draws the reader deeper into your story. Without a compelling,…

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