Trash or Treasure

by Marilyn Friesen Someday I would like to write a classic.  But how would you define one? It seems like what was regarded as classics in the past aren’t as highly esteemed by the publishers of the present, that is if you came to the same conclusion I did from a previous article. Were you
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Novel Starting Point: Where, oh, Where to Start?

by Sarah Tun In recent posts we’ve been discussing flashbacks and general structure of a longer piece of writing. Today, I’d like to raise some thoughts about choosing the starting point for a novel. I have completed several full length manuscripts. Each time I’ve developed a story line, I’ve begun with the focus on my
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The End Game

by Steven M. Moore, Contributer If you’re a reader, do you peruse what’s at the end of a book? Many authors only include a short bio, but you might like a bit more. What can authors add to that for you, especially authors of indie books and those writing for indie publishers (small presses)? Consider
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Transitions: The secret to excellent story flow

by Gina Burgess She looked at his expressionless face and wondered what he was thinking. She remembered that key, and the box it opened. Bernice might know. Bernice was the neighborhood gossip and tidbit collector. Betty tried to quit thinking about Bob to no avail. She looked out of her window and saw his car.
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To market, to market to fetch my dog a bone

by Sarah Tun An age old nursery rhyme goes, “To market, to market to buy a fat pig.” Funny, I remember it as an engagement to get a bone.… In any case, it is a rhyme to celebrate the age old action of going into a village from your isolated country farm to sell your
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Why are classics still powerful today?

by Gina Burgess Several years ago an author sent to publishers in London, England several of Jane Austin’s classics: “Pride and Prejudice”, “Northanger Abby”, and “Persuasion” with his name on them. He did this because he was bumfuzzeled why his own work, a thriller, had not been bought. Only one publisher called the author on
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Genesis of a Novel

by Ian Wall Some twenty years ago (I don’t remember exactly when) The Lord asked me to write a novel for him. I said, “Yes Lord, but you are going to have to show me what to do”. I had not written a novel before and I did not have a clue what to do.
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