Tough Choices: Character-Informed Dilemmas

(Photo Credit: OffGamers) Since we’re talking about choices, we are obviously talking about characters. Regardless of the genre or the specific situation, it is the character who has to make the choice. An easy choice is almost no choice at all. While the specifics change from character to character, every character will have needs and […]

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Ch 1 Blunders: Missing Beats

(Photo Credit: Imgur) Don’t confuse your readers with illogical flow of sentances and action! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on these […]

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Ch 1 Blunders: Generic Characters

(Photo Credit: Adventures in Married Life) Few readers will read about stick figures! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on these topics. […]

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Ch 1 Blunders: Premature POV Changes

(Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Don’t blur your reader’s vision of your story! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on […]

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Ch 1 Blunders: Generic Settings

(Photo Credit: Popupology) Don’t leave the reader guessing about where the story takes place! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on these […]

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Ch 1 Blunders: Starting Too Late

(Photo Credit:  Pinterest) Don’t let readers leave your book behind! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on these topics. In some ways, […]

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Cliche Traps

(Photo Credit: Ethereal Illuminations blog)   “Once upon a time an evil dragon kidnapped a beautiful princess from her father’s castle. The king offered half the kingdom and her hand in marriage as a reward for her rescue.  A handsome, brave, kind-hearted, orphaned knight with a magic sword slew the dragon and won the princess’s […]

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