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Pacing Your Fiction

Pacing is important. If events in your story happen too quickly, or the story is over almost before you start. If they happen too slowly, your reader will get bored and abandon the story. You need action, exposition and back

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Writing Preparations

There are two aspects to the preparations for writing. One is physical. You can write if you are uncomfortable, but it is so much easier to write when you are comfortable. So you want your writing space to be comfortable,

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Journaling to Practice Your Writing

Everyone has to practice. Professional athletes practice their sports. Musicians practice their instruments or singing. Actors rehearse, which is simply just another word for practice. Writers need to practice as well. There’s a reason the phrase “practice makes perfect” is

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Sentence Variation

Sentence sameness is boring. If you have all your sentences the same length and structure, you have boring prose, no matter how exciting the topic. Good prose has good sentence variation. Look over your current work and make sure that

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Writing a Synopsis

One of the things you will need to do with your novel is generate a synopsis of it. A synopsis is a short summary of the plot of a work of fiction. You use a synopsis to tell someone what

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Themes

I learned something new the other day. Not every culture sees a man in the moon. My culture sees a man. Other cultures see animals, a rabbit, in the case of the Chinese. When considering themes in your writing, it’s

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Paragraph variation

Paragraph variation is just as important as sentence variation. A long string of paragraphs with the same number of sentences or words makes for dull reading. Pick a page in the last book you enjoyed and examine it. You will

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