Balancing Out the Plot Load

I was accused once in a book review of the plot progressing too quickly. That was a first. Especially since, in my younger writing days, I tended to write very long chapters and was accused of the story dragging too much. Because I got tired of those reviews, when I wrote The Taming and then the re-released Into the Darkness, I flipped that habit on its head. Now, my books' reviews say things like, "I couldn't put it down" or "I kept reading it well into the night". Here's how you can get that too.

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9 Words to Kick Out of Your Writing

Some words are so common in written English that we often don't think twice about using them in our own writing. However, these words can actually water down your writing or even cause your writing to come across as a little too vague for the reader. Take your writing up a notch by removing these common words as often as possible.

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The Trouble with Writing a Series (and How My Characters Like to be Big Pains)

Did you know? Everyone is writing series these days. I do mean everyone. Publishing houses love when you have a trilogy or a series to sell, though they prefer that the books have all been written before you query about them. And the piece of advice I see tossed around most often in writers groups on Facebook is, "Just write a series" or "Just write the sequel". Believe it or not, this is way easier said than done.

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Avoiding TMI When Getting to Know Your Characters

I saw a post on a writer group the other day where the poster was talking about a writing class she recently attended in which the person leading the class suggested getting to know your character's astrological sign and their blood type to assign character traits. I've seen all kinds of suggestions when it comes to how an author can get to know their characters better, but this was a first.

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