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POV Problems: The Series

Writing a novel is hard.  Writing a series is liking trying to raise triplets–exponentially more difficult than raising three separate children. There are so many ways that writers can go wrong with a series that aren’t noticeable at the book … Continue reading

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When You Want To Read a Novel You Know Will Irk You

I read a book the other day that I hated.  But I also really liked. It only took me a few days to read it because the story kept drawing me back in.  I really wanted to know what happened.  … Continue reading

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Ugh.

What you never want to hear from your betas – the POV shifts or tense aren’t working. I’ve heard back from three of the four betas for the second novel.  And two of the three commented on the POV shifts.  … Continue reading

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Evolving as a writer

A while ago, I made a post about how I wrote in third person limited, because I couldn’t write in first person effectively.  I think I also at some point expressed a dislike for present tense stories.  But it just occurred … Continue reading

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Quick Point of View Comment

I finished the first Harry Potter book last night.  And I don’t remember where I read it, but I remember someone commenting that the HP books were all written from Harry’s POV.  They are not.  At least not this one. … Continue reading

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Spotting “Errors” and “Filtering”

Over on Absolute Write there’s a little discussion going on about “filtering.”  As I understand it, filtering is a “mistake” some writers make that distances the reader from the story. Here’s what I think is an example: Filtering:  Bob came … Continue reading

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Getting closer… (On Beta feedback and next steps)

So, Beta feedback is slowly trickling in.  Three people other than me have actually read my novel and made it to the end – yippee! At this point there are some things I know I need to change:

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If you want to write – read!

I’ve said it before, but it’s time to say it again.  If you want to be a writer, you need to read.  You need to read a lot.  And, once you know what type of writing you want to do, you … Continue reading

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Someone other than me has finished reading my book

But I don’t know what they thought of it.  This waiting for Betas to read my book thing is killing me! My buddy gave the book to his seventeen year old daughter and she finished it, but then she went … Continue reading

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Series Issues (Point of View changes)

I’ve decided now that I’m reading books as a writer that series present their own special challenges.  (Turns out the plural of series is series.  Who knew?  I was just going to leave it that way because serieses certainly didn’t … Continue reading

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