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Free Webinar to Help You Finally Finish That Book You’re Writing

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?

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…

7 Ways to Help You Be Precise in Your Writing

Today’s guest post is by Dawn Field:

The best books suck you into an alternative world in a single sentence. Ideally, it happens in the opening sentence. Some take a paragraph—others longer. If it takes too long, few will chose to read a book unless they’ve already cultivated a love for the author or the topic, or someone promised it was a terrific read.

The best books create worlds you can feel and understand even though they are imaginary or, if based on true stories, you only experience vicariously. A great read gets comments such as “I could so relate to that character,” “I never knew the life of a Buddhist monk was like that,” “I could just feel his pain when he broke his leg,” “I could see the jungle temple in my mind,” and “I could feel the cold in the winter survival scene—I almost started to shiver as he was trying to start the fire in the snow.”

The art of pulling a reader in is not due to being a master of words—although this helps tremendously—as much as being a master of the human experience and human psychology, and understanding the key features that define the essence of any experience. It is also a matter of achieving precision in descriptions. Continue Reading…

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