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In addition to being a novelist, I was also a newspaper columnist. My column is "Write it Right." I will post some of my articles here.

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Why Am I Here?

Why am I here? is what I find myself thinking when I expected to click through to a book sales page but end up lost among the many pages of a website I didn’t expect to see. Many easy to read articles and writing problem solutions like this can be found in my writing reference, Write It Right – Tips for Authors. A Tip About Promoting Want to sell more books? This article is meant to offer suggestions to help authors find more viewers and buyers. It’s written mostly from my own frustrating…

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How You Say It Matters

How You Say It MattersYour prose will tell others a lot about you. Your writing may be too wordy. Or, maybe it’s a little sparse. The latter is best. You’ve heard the advice, Write lean! It simply means to go over your written work and cut words that duplicate what’s already said. For the purposes of this article I focus on the first sentence viewers see when examining your book or viewing your online promotional sentences.Here is an example of a promotion sentence using my own book, Write It…

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First Word, Sentence and Paragraph

First Word, Sentence and Paragraph  One of the most important locations to place emphasis in your writing - whether it is short story or book length - is in the first word, sentence and paragraph. These firsts must give the reader, editor, or agent a glimpse of what the story is about. To prove my case, I have entered the firsts from four of my books below.First line in Down to the Needle: “The perp torched himself,” a fireman said, shouting to be heard over the clamor. Needle is about a…

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Plot Driven or Character Driven

This is an article from my writing reference book that's loaded with tips: Write It Right - Tips for Authors - The Big Book.Plot Driven or Character Driven  A book writing format includes numerous topics and fine points, many of which you’ll find among my articles. However, one vital objective includes knowing whether a story is plot driven or character driven. Writing topics can sometimes dictate this but the story itself will identify into which category your prose fits. Plot Driven - We…

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