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August 2013

Do You Want to Be the Next John Steinbeck, or the Next Stephenie Meyer?

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I saw a question posted the other day in the Writer’s Discussion Group on Google+.

“Would you rather write the next hot bestseller or a classic that will be studied in classrooms for years to come?”

I found this question so intriguing because my reaction to it was so fast and strong. I thought, “Of course I want to write a classic. Who doesn’t?” And then I read the comments. Turns out, some writers want to write classics, and some want to write the next hot bestseller. Continue Reading

7 Reasons Your Novel Isn’t Working

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You’re Just Not That Into It
When you start writing a new novel, it’s like the honeymoon phase of a new love affair. Everything about your story is soooo interesting. You could sit for days and just stare into your protagonist’s eyes. By the time you’ve written the first one-third of your book though, the bloom is off the rose. If you’re not truly compatible with the book you’re trying to write, this is the time you’ll get those red flags loud and clear. Everyone hits that hump in the middle, but if you only dread writing your story and you’re never excited to see it again, it’s time to seriously reevaluate this project. Continue Reading