The Case for Competent Antagonists


The other day I got a phone call from what must have been the most incompetent scammer ever. “Uh, hello? Ma’am?” “Hello.” I’m thinking this is a telemarketer. “How are you?” (Said very warmly.) You’ve…

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Five Elements of a Story


What makes a great book? A wonderful story that is well-written is the usual answer, but that just sparks another question: what makes a great story? Most often, those who study literature mention the five…

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Tips for Writing a Book: Part II


Yesterday’s tips for writing a book covered some general ways to improve writing. Here are some specific pointers: Show, don’t Tell Every writing student has heard this, but what does it mean? Consider this simple…

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Tips for Writing a Book: Part I


What’s the best tip for writing a book? Write a good one. That’s both harder and easier than it seems. With all the tools and resources of the internet, anyone can publish a book for…

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Tips for Writing and Publishing a Book: Part II


Yesterday’s post listed four of my big mistakes in writing and publishing my first book. Here are five more: Mistake #5: Don’t get lots of feedback Feedback is essential to any writer. Not only can…

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Tips for Writing and Publishing a Book: Part I


While the list of mistakes I made while writing my book is a long one, I can easily pick out the top nine. These are the mistakes that cost me the most in terms of…

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