Writing

How to Write Dialogue That Works

Does the dialogue you write bore you? If it does, it’ll put your reader to sleep. And unfortunately, your first reader will be an agent or an editor. You can’t slip anything boring past them. Your job as a writer is to make every word count. That’s the best way to keep your reader riveted […]

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How to Fix Passive Voice

Acquisition editors have eagle-eyes for both talent and for amateurs. They’re looking for stuff to buy and publish, and most are so overwhelmed with submissions, they’ve learned to quickly spot anything that allows them to set your piece aside. Sound cruel? They don’t want reject your writing. But because of their work loads (and their […]

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How to Refine Your Raw Writing Talent

Discouraging, isn’t it? You write a few blog posts and friends shower you with praises. You dream, Maybe I’ve got what it takes to score a publishing deal. But then the music screeches to a halt. You receive a scathing critique by an agent, an editor, an author. And the storybook ending fades. Unfortunately, I’ve […]

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