Tag: how to write a novel

How Many Words in a Novel?

  One question I get asked all the time is, how long should my book be? Simple answer only you, the author knows that. A great book is always going to be the perfect length when all the right chords are struck. That being, a character or characters the reader can identify with and who…

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Free Writing Class

  Many of you know I teach online classes exclusively for OIRW which is a chapter of the Romance Writers of America.  I always try to add  new classes each year. I brainstormed ideas for 2020 and came up with the idea of teaching a three month writing retreat where all classes are taught online. Everything…

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Creating Characters Who Matter

Welcome to today’s guest blogger, Merrilee Robson whose post focuses on the characters we create… A magazine editor recently commented that a secondary character in one of my short stories didn’t seem very upset about the death of another character. My first reaction was, “Well, of course she’s upset. Her best friend just died!” But…

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Keep On Writing

  I’ve been sorting through some of my old files and I came across this short article I wrote for, well, I can’t remember because it’s been that long. Best thing is it’s still relevant and fits in with the summer writing challenge so here it is… Raise your hand if you’ve begun writing a book. Now…

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Summer Writing ‘Retreat’

  After sitting outside reading for most of Sunday afternoon, I came up with an idea for summer. Many people have an idea for a story, lots of people say they’re going to write a book, and yes, even published writers like myself, have unfinished manuscripts sitting on their computer(or gathering dust on a shelf).…

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NaNoWriMo-Days 28, 29 and 30

  My apologies for not posting tips for the last couple of days but I got busy formatting books and trying to add more words to my NaNoWriMo story. It’s the final day of the challenge and while I haven’t finished the story, I have written 50,000 words plus this month which leads me into the…

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NaNoWriMo-Day 13

  Almost at the mid-way point and how are things going? My tip today is food centric. I’ve found that if I write while I’m hungry I’m not as productive. They say our brains need fuel like the rest of our bodies so maybe that’s got something to do with it. Even if you don’t…

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