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CREATIVE EXHAUSTION Last month, I wrote about overstaging. In it I covered the propensity for new authors to over direct their descriptions, settings, characters, and plots. This over directing can lead to a whole host of problems, which we will cover in part here. Overstaging is a progressive trap. It begins with an author who keeps an iron-clad grip on their novel, characters, and plot....

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Quick Tips: It’s Not A Race   Recently I got into a Facebook discussion with two great authors. One question posed was how some authors seem to write and publish a book in the blink of an eye. This spurred questions about if the authors speed in writing equates to lower quality books and does such quick turnaround time for these published books mean that...

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Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone   In writing, like in any other part of our lives, we can find ourselves doing the same thing, the same way, over and over. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; there are many processes in day-to-day life that are much better if done systematically—socks before shoes and brushing after meals, you know what I mean. But there...

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Guest Post: Parenthood by M.C. Cerny Guest Posts

Today’s guest blogger is author M.C. Cerny, who talks about explaining her book to her smallest fan. Parenthood by M.C. Cerny So have you told your kids you write trashy romance novels yet? My journey as an author is still in its infancy but I am often asked about my writing and what I tell my family. I had enough trouble explaining to my partner...

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Simultaneous Action   As you know from our articles on participial phrases, there are some structures that imply simultaneous action. But did you know there are other ways in which simultaneous action can go wrong? Generally, this involves adverbial clauses and phrases that begin with words such as: while, during, when, and as. It is necessary to make sure that the action happening in the...

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