Monthly Archives September 2017

No Fat Here

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.” -Stephen King, in Writer’s Digest Sorry, Stephen. I love your stories. But I’ve never had this problem. There’s no fat in my stories to cut in rewrite. They’re lean, mean, and starved for more words. I am a natural born editor. When I sit down, stare at the cursor on the monitor and plunk my
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How to Hook Readers

Crime novelist extraordinaire Mickey Spillane said it best. The first page sells the book. The last page sells the next book. Finesse the six elements of fiction – character, plot, setting, point of view, theme and style – and you’ll hook readers into turning those pages through lunch hours, during commutes and into the wee hours of the morning. Element #1 – Character Want to grab and hold your readers’ attention? Create strong characters to drive the story along the road map of conflict that you, the author, draw for them. Strategically placed small details can reveal a lot about
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