Three Easy Steps to Build a Scene

Scenes are the building blocks of fiction. Every scene contributes to your novel in some way whether through characterization or plot progression. Let’s take a look at three easy steps to build the framework of a scene.

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Eleventh Annual Great Books to Give…And Get

Eleven years! Normally (haha!) I post a list of books that I've enjoyed during the year, but this year, I thought I'd do something a bit different. We’ve all been traveling a lot less. Maybe, like me, you've had to cancel a few trips. Without even realizing it, I've...

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31 Days of Writing Inspiration for 2021

Well, 2020 has felt like a marathon with a moving finish line. I usually love this time of year. The twinkle lights. The egg nog. The holiday movies I wrap myself in like a cozy blanket. But even at the end of a "normal" year, I'm often drained, running on empty and...

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Why Characterization Charts Don’t Work

No doubt you’ve seen them — the charts that allow you to get to know your novel’s characters by filling in the blanks. These charts prompt you with basic questions about each character: Siblings? Age? Education? Many writers spend hours diligently completing these charts and still don’t really know their characters.

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4 Most Common WIP Problems

As a developmental editor, I see many of the same issues in novel and memoir manuscripts. The good news is that none of these issues are deal breakers for your WIP. Here are the four most common problems I find in manuscripts…and a few tips to fix them.

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus



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