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The Debate Over Using Prologues

The Debate Over Using Prologues

It was a dark and stormy night… but where do you put this opening line? in the prologue? Do you want to start at Chapter 1? Recently, I came across a debate on social media regarding the merits of including a prologue in a work of fiction.

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Impostor Syndrome And Why You Should Banish it From Your Vocabulary

Impostor Syndrome And Why You Should Banish it From Your Vocabulary

What the heck is “Impostor Syndrome”? I had no clue so trusty Google filled me in. It is: A psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. I can’t fathom why an Author would

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Reviews: A Conundrum

Reviews: A Conundrum

To an Author – a review is a sort of payment for the hours spent bleeding at a keyboard. (It really is that important.) As a reader, I look at the reviews first. Most of us do. I want to know that others were gripped by a story or, conversely, thought it was a waste of time.

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A Letter to My High School English Teacher

A Letter to My High School English Teacher

Dear Mr. Costanzo: It’s been three decades since that fateful day in class when you had me read my short story out loud. Didn’t you know how scared I was? How shy I was? Did you see my trembling hands as I held the loose leaf paper

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Am I Good Enough?

Am I Good Enough?

The question all Authors ask themselves, is: “Am I good enough?” Here’s my take on that question, because you can be sure that I’ve asked it to myself.

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What’s in a (Pen) Name?

What's in a (Pen) Name?

I’ve pondered on this. Probably for as long as the Bard, himself, pondered on the famous question. What exactly are the benefits of using a pen name? The only thing I can come up with is that the Author is trying to hide and a pen name

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Great Dialogue Should Jump Off the Page

Great Dialogue Should Jump Off the Page

Today, we talk about dialogue. What’s there to talk about? (Sorry, a bit of a bad pun, there.) But here’s the thing, your characters will inevitably converse. You can write beautiful, descriptive prose until the cows come home but what happens if you’re not adept at writing dialogue?

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How to Effectively Convey Pathos

How to Effectively Convey Pathos

Have you ever started to read a book, only to find out in Chapter One that the male lead has three months to live? Did it make you feel like a jilted lover? That’s because the Author did jilt you and failed to effectively convey pathos. “Pathos represents an appeal to the emotions of the audience, and elicits feelings that already reside in them.” (Thank you, Google.)

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Post-Publishing Depression is A Real Thing

Post-Publishing Depression is A Real Thing

“The End” is so bittersweet. When you reach that point in your novel, there’s a fight that ensues within you. You struggle with several emotions. You are overjoyed that the work is finally complete. You feel proud. Then something else creeps in. A very distinct feeling of finality.

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Doorway to Inspiration

Doorway to Inspiration

What excites you enough to make you give up other leisure pursuits; to sit in a solitary room, curtains drawn, instead of out-doors in the fresh air admiring nature or chatting with a friend over coffee. It is because you have always wanted to be a writer.

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How to Write a Nonfiction Book That Actually Sells

The Step-by-Step System for Writing Non-fiction Books in 30 Days from #1 Bestselling Author Tom Corson-Knowles
The Step-by-Step System for Writing Non-fiction Books in 30 Days from #1 Bestselling Author Tom Corson-Knowles

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