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Writing a book is hard. You know it. I know it. There’s no hiding from the truth.

So are there days when you don’t think you’ll ever finish yours?

Maybe you’ve tried to be productive. Maybe you gave yourself a deadline. But then April got super busy and all of a sudden, you were staring May in the face…without having made any progress.

I understand the frustration more than you know!

Listen…it can be SO easy to let weeks, months, even years go by…without making any progress. Simply because it’s such a huge, overwhelming, daunting project. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Continue Reading…

Are You Letting Hedging Sabotage Your Writing?

Man talking

Today’s guest post is by international best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins:

A common error I see in beginners’ manuscripts is hedging.

It violates a cardinal writing rule—Just say itand results in such words and phrases like:

  • started to
  • began to
  • sort of
  • almost
  • kind of
  • slightly
  • a bit

The problem with those?

They result in flabby, hesitant prose no one has the patience to read and no editor wants to buy. Continue Reading…

What Writers May Not Know about the “Required” Three-Act Structure

Breaking blocks

I’m going to spend some weeks on tearing apart novel structure. I’ve hesitated over the years to get into this.

Why? Because there are tons of books and blog posts that cover story structure, and a lot of great ones too, so why should I add my two cents to the mix?

Because the longer I thought about it, the more I realized I have some unique approaches and twists to the standard three-act structure. Well, let’s just say I’m not always a team player on this court.

And, as well, I want to share with you a method of building your novel’s framework that I’m playing with. I call it the 10-20-30 Scene Builder. The purpose of using a “staged” or multilevel process is to help you flesh out that basic story idea you have. And one thing I’m excited about showing you is my special way of layering subplots. Continue Reading…

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