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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Ch 1 Blunders: Floating Characters

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) Don’t leave your characters to float in a vacuum! 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 […]

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Ch 1 Blunders: Starting Too Soon

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) Sometimes you have to wait! 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, I started […]

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Sniff the Roses

Sniff the Roses by Alina Chase We readers always seem to know what characters are wearing, but how often do we know what they smell like? Scent is so neglected, especially as it relates to humans, you’d think it was taboo. Scents (or aromas or stenches) are always present. They evoke memories like no other […]

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