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Balancing Productivity and Art

Ideally, a publisher would like you to bring them in 1) quickly, 2) beautifully written, 3) and at a low price. This is why you need to learn to balance your productivity and art while writing. Balancing productivity and art takes practice and experience. 

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What is the Core for Your Genre ?

So how do you determine what the core is of your genre? I’ve heard this “core question” idea before, and it is true that there are certain questions that strike at the heart of just about any genre.

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Developing a Story's Protagonist

Creating Likeable Protagonists

In Hollywood, it is said that “There are only two ways to make a likeable character.” Here are those two ways to help you with creating likable protagonists, plus a few more.

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How to Start Publishing a Novel

So you have written a book, maybe a novel. How do you start publishing it so readers will be able to find it? And why is it so hard and complicated? Because there is no perfect way in which to hack or game the publishing industry. 

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Heroes and Anti-Heroes

When you’re writing a novel, you will be creating heroes and anti-heroes. You may create a protagonist who is “heroic,” or one who is an “anti-hero.” But do you know the difference between the two?

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Where to Place Your Dialog Tags

So there are the four ways that you use tags.  Try to use them artfully.  Pay attention to the natural pauses in your story, the beats.   Those will help you figure out where to place the tags.  

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Is it a Good Time to Write?

As the Covid pandemic hit last year, I head a lot of doom-and-gloom from authors about how it would destroy the industry. Printers closed down, bookstores were put out of commission. Of course it is still a good time to write!

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Improve Your Dialogue

Given this, an author should feel free to mix things up.  Use said and asked when you feel that they are appropriate, especially when sentences are spoken in neutral tones.

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Be An Original Writer

But there are lots of other ways to be original. You can be original in your language—in your word choice, the way that you describe things, and in your metaphors.

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Hurting Your Characters

So learn to “put the hurt” on your characters.  It will make your readers empathize with them more fully.  But be careful when you show how your character reacts to that pain.

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How to Reach Your Writing Zone, Part 3

This is commonly referred to as the writing zone. I spoke about the importance of getting rid of all external and internal distractions, and I suggested that you need to move into your writing zone slowly.

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New Treatment for Writers’ Block

What intrigued me about TMS is that it was also being used elsewhere. Interestingly, the treatment has proven helpful for writers who suffer from classic “writers’ block.”

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Balancing Productivity and Art

Ideally, a publisher would like you to bring them in 1) quickly, 2) beautifully written, 3) and at a low price. This is why you need to learn to balance your productivity and art while writing. Balancing productivity and art takes practice and experience. 

Read More »

What is the Core for Your Genre ?

So how do you determine what the core is of your genre? I’ve heard this “core question” idea before, and it is true that there are certain questions that strike at the heart of just about any genre.

Read More »
Developing a Story's Protagonist
Fiction
David Farland

Creating Likeable Protagonists

In Hollywood, it is said that “There are only two ways to make a likeable character.” Here are those two ways to help you with creating likable protagonists, plus a few more.

Read More »

How to Start Publishing a Novel

So you have written a book, maybe a novel. How do you start publishing it so readers will be able to find it? And why is it so hard and complicated? Because there is no perfect way in which to hack or game the publishing industry. 

Read More »

Heroes and Anti-Heroes

When you’re writing a novel, you will be creating heroes and anti-heroes. You may create a protagonist who is “heroic,” or one who is an “anti-hero.” But do you know the difference between the two?

Read More »

Where to Place Your Dialog Tags

So there are the four ways that you use tags.  Try to use them artfully.  Pay attention to the natural pauses in your story, the beats.   Those will help you figure out where to place the tags.  

Read More »

Is it a Good Time to Write?

As the Covid pandemic hit last year, I head a lot of doom-and-gloom from authors about how it would destroy the industry. Printers closed down, bookstores were put out of commission. Of course it is still a good time to write!

Read More »

Improve Your Dialogue

Given this, an author should feel free to mix things up.  Use said and asked when you feel that they are appropriate, especially when sentences are spoken in neutral tones.

Read More »

Be An Original Writer

But there are lots of other ways to be original. You can be original in your language—in your word choice, the way that you describe things, and in your metaphors.

Read More »

Hurting Your Characters

So learn to “put the hurt” on your characters.  It will make your readers empathize with them more fully.  But be careful when you show how your character reacts to that pain.

Read More »

How to Reach Your Writing Zone, Part 3

This is commonly referred to as the writing zone. I spoke about the importance of getting rid of all external and internal distractions, and I suggested that you need to move into your writing zone slowly.

Read More »

New Treatment for Writers’ Block

What intrigued me about TMS is that it was also being used elsewhere. Interestingly, the treatment has proven helpful for writers who suffer from classic “writers’ block.”

Read More »
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A lot of people “play” at writing. We tend to think of it as a hobby or a pastime. But I sometimes wonder how much

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