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9 Mistakes that Authors Make—And How to Fix Them

9 Mistakes that Authors Make—And How to Fix Them

You’re going too fast Every author needs an editor, but authors need to know how to edit themselves too. Carefully evaluate what you’ve written and then go back to improve it. Are you saying everything you have to say? Is your argument clear? Are your characters...

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The Challenge of Writing Good Fantasy

The Challenge of Writing Good Fantasy

I read a lot, but it's mostly just for entertainment. It's not often that I tell myself, "Damn, I wish I could write like that!" and start studying someone else's work for pointers. In this essay, I'm going to tell you about someone whose work hit me that way,...

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Writing a Book. The All-Important Opening.

Writing a Book. The All-Important Opening.

Novels that most of us read while in school probably opened very differently than successful novels of today. In the past, an author was allowed the luxury of giving the reader details right away about the main character's past, sometimes even going back to their...

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Writing Historical Fiction that Sells

Writing Historical Fiction that Sells

I'm in a book store perusing the aisles when I run across a novel that takes place during a time period not well-known to me. I slip the novel from the shelf, read the back cover, and realize I've discovered another piece of historical fiction I'm going to buy and...

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Revelations of a Ghostwriter

Revelations of a Ghostwriter

My life is blessed with ghosts. Those of my grandfather, my father and my uncle, specifically, all of whom wanted to be writers. My grandfather snagged the boat over from Ireland and became a Boston shoe salesman instead. My father ended up a stockbroker in New York...

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Prolific Novelists on How It’s Done

Prolific Novelists on How It’s Done

Writing one novel is hard enough. But how about 50, 100, even 500—all of them published, and with more to come? We asked six super-prolific writers for their secret and were unsurprised to learn that there is none. It’s all about work and passion. A calling? A...

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Get Readers to Fall in Love with Your Romantic Plotline

Get Readers to Fall in Love with Your Romantic Plotline

How do you write a love story that sweeps people away? Here’s a start: make sure your leads don’t fall in love at first sight (or, if vampires are your thing, “first bite”). While I worked at Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint, I read hundreds of romance...

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Fiction or Nonfiction?

Fiction or Nonfiction?

A friend of mine who writes nonfiction once asked me what I thought was the difference between fiction and nonfiction writing: "Nonfiction is what's true, right?" I gave my friend an easy answer, that nonfiction is factual text or opinions and that fiction is stories,...

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How to Write a Best-seller

How to Write a Best-seller

What makes a best-seller? No one has a definitive answer, but mine satisfies me: The reader never sees the words. Got your attention, didn't I? Well, the real title of this is The Psychology of Reading; What's Going on In a Reader's Mind, which is a goal all writers...

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Refining Your Vision: The Art of Rewriting

Refining Your Vision: The Art of Rewriting

The Art of Rewriting and Unwriting Perhaps you've heard this old joke. A visitor to New York once asked a musician for directions, inquiring, “Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer came back: “Practice!” Whatever the art form, the development of...

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Mystery Writing is Murder

Mystery Writing is Murder

The first time I sat down to hammer out a manuscript (a historical romance), I made a ton of rookie mistakes. One of the biggest was the endless parade of secondary characters I had strolling through the pages. Much of the action of the book took place at a country...

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