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7 Quick Ways to Whip Your Novel into Shape

Whipping a novel into shape is a daunting task for many writers. The pain involved with trying to trim down and shape up all those scenes discourages us.

And then there’s the battle with self-esteem and frustration while trying to rework those rebellious passages. Not all that unlike the effort it takes to implement a health-and-fitness regime in our lives.

But there’s good news! Unlike fad diets, there are plenty of easy (painless) ways to help whip your novel in shape.

That’s not to say these tips are a cure-all to major flaws in a novel. But similar to the 30-minutes-a-day-get-in-shape-fast programs, here are some simple things writers can do to tighten sentences, shed unwanted words, and tone and shape the whole “body” of work. Continue Reading…

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…

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