Fighting the Good Fight

You’ve done it! You finished that novel you always wanted to write. You’ve edited and stroked and prodded and you finally got it published. You know it’s what everyone should be reading. You know that if people had any brains what-so-ever, they would be lining up to read it. That’s what you know. Now the…

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How to Write a Novel: Part 9

        Whether it’s a book, short story or a poem, sooner or later, the writing must come to an end. And just as with your project, so must this one. That doesn’t mean I’m finished with the lessons. It means we must talk about the end of your story. With every book…

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How to Write a Novel: Part 8

       As I go along and discuss the principles of writing, I’m reminded of what my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Reynolds, once told me about the art of story telling. She said, “The concept is easy. Say what you are going to say. Say it. Then say what you said.” The concept is rather…

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How to Write a Novel: Part 7

  If you are like most new writers, somewhere along the way, life has decided that maybe you should take a break. I had it happen to me. I was just thinking that maybe it’s happened to you. This part of the writer’s life lessons, is brought to you by…LIFE. Like many of you, I…

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How to Write a Novel: Part 6

       Your novel is taking shape. I like that. So where do you stand now? What’s going through your head? Are you really doing this? Are you an author yet? To answer that, ask yourself one question: When you wake up in the morning, when you are driving your car, what are you…

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How to Write a Novel: Part 5

  You are finally doing it. The ideas are starting to take shape and it’s looking like something more than just a concept. Your characters are coming alive and the scenes are being vividly set. So now…what the heck do I do with it? You are at the crossroads my friends. It’s a scary place…

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How to Write a Novel: Part 4

 We finally get to the fun part; writing the novel. Regardless of the method you choose, a novel comes down to a few simple concepts. You have good guys and bad guys. The bad guys do something bad. The good guys try to stop the bad guys and there is a story that leads you…

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How to Write a Novel: Part 3

  Of all the parts of this journey, I suspect this part to be the most boring. I’ll get that out of the way so that anyone just writing for fun and games need not read it. However, those of you wanting to get serious about this concept needs to sit up and listen. Without…

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