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Manuscript Evaluation | Critique | Part 3: Points of View

Manuscript Evaluation | Critique | Part 3: Points of View

Manuscript Analysis Point(s) of View (POV) Point of view in a novel involves whose eyes your story is seen through. In your novel's case, you try seeing events through many different characters' eyes, and your instincts about which character's eyes you want us to see...

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Manuscript Evaluation | Critique | Part 2: Characters

Manuscript Evaluation | Critique | Part 2: Characters

Manuscript Analysis Characters You are able in some instances to give characters, major and minor, grit, distinct personality traits, voices and thought patterns. But sometimes you over-describe your characters physically, yet, as I wrote above, have them (Mr. X, for...

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Manuscript Evaluation | Critique | Part 1

Manuscript Evaluation | Critique | Part 1

The [Working Title] by [Author] Introduction/Overall Assessment [Author], I'm going to handle this evaluation in a way that's kind of "bass-ackward" from my usual approach. I think it'll be best to hit you straight off with what it'd probably take to turn what you've...

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Writing Violence: It’s All in the Details

Writing Violence: It’s All in the Details

Writing Crime Scenes I used to wonder what makes talented writers lose their grip the moment they try to portray physical aggression. They’ve been moving the story along beautifully, with convincing characters in gripping, realistic situations. Then suddenly, at the first hint of violence, something comes over them, and reality goes right out the window. […]

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The Illustrated Letters of Beatrix Potter

The Illustrated Letters of Beatrix Potter

“My dear Noel, I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter.” So begins the letter from Beatrix Potter to the convalescing son of her former governess – and the start of a franchise. The exhibit at […]

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