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Creating Suspense Through Backstory

Creating Suspense Through Backstory
By Gail Gaymer Martin

Backstory fulfills a multitude of purposes from creating characterization, goals, motivation and conflicts. But today, think of backstory as a way to build suspense in novels from thrillers to romance. Suspense results from elements in your story that captures reader’s curiosity and pulls them forward searching for the answers. Will Sam find out about Andrea’s secret life? Will Andrea understand Sam’s fear of commitment before it’s too late? Will Jeb kiss Kate? Will Bret [...]

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Don’t Let Your Big “But” Get in the Way

Don’t Let Your Big “But” Get in the Way

By Lynda Lee Schab

What circumstances (and/or excuses) have kept you from fulfilling your writing goals thus far?

In other words, what big BUT is in your way?

We all have them, don’t we? Excuses why we haven’t had time to finish that novel or submit that article. Reasons why we’re not yet published or haven’t fulfilled the dream that’s burning a hole in our hearts.

While not having an ounce of talent may [...]

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Turn It Off

It was a busy time for me, and distractions were everywhere. Email lists I had no time to read. One hundred blogs I was trying to keep up on. Facebook. The messy house around me. Television in the background. My kids’ chattering. Snoring. Sound effects from Wizards 101. The cat attacking my leg – or sleeping on my head.

Where was that cone of silence when I needed it?

I had a big project to finish.  And I was behind. If I [...]

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A Novel’s First Sentences

A Novel’s First Sentences
By Megan DiMaria

I’ll say it up front: I’m a real sucker for a good first sentence in a novel. I may read on if the sentence is ho-hum, but I’ll read more eagerly if the first sentence pulls me into the story.

Like many readers I’ll peruse the books on a shelf and pick up novels by authors I’ve previously enjoyed or select a book whose title or cover catches my eye. I’ll flip it over and read [...]

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Be Ready to Rumble, Write, and Win

Get Ready to Rumble, Write and Win
By Jacqueline B. Broy

Stepping into the unknown is exciting and scary. Everyone’s idea of risk is different but what can prevent us from crossing the line into the new is a very old and cunning adversary. It’s fear.

My latest struggle with fear was writing this article. Some months back I had bought several writers’ resource guides to select the potential magazines for my very first article. I printed out the writing guidelines to be [...]

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Win a Xulon Bestseller Package – Deadline Approaching

The deadline to enter either of two contests to win a Xulon Bestseller Package is sneaking up on us – are you preparing to enter either of them? Check out the details here!

If you have, or are working on, a fiction manuscript with a strong biblical message and are a Platinum member of FaithWriters (click here to upgrade), you can enter it in FaithWriters’ contest. Just submit the first chapter, a basic synopsis of the planned book, and a clear [...]

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A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

By Lori Godfrey

The morning looked to be a dismal day, one that would keep a person inside. Maybe a book reading day, I thought. Or a chance to continue my memoir. As a child I would ask my mom, “Mom how do you know I will write?” “Because you love to write,” she would say.

Mom was correct. I began writing at a young age and continue today. Writing a memoir is a journey [...]

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Page Turner Deadline Only Weeks Away!

Got a great nonfiction book in your drawer? Or started on your computer? Or even just an idea for one? If you are a FaithWriters Platinum member, there is a fabulous contest you can enter, at no charge, that could get your book published. But don’t delay – the deadline to enter is only just over three weeks away!

The eighth annual Page Turner writing contest (sponsored by FaithWriters.com, Finesse Writing and Editing Service, and Breath of Fresh Air Press)is into the [...]

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An Interview with God’s Word

An Interview With God’s Word
By Abby Kelly

Have you ever heard of the “5 W’s and an H”?

I studied journalism in college. I loved reporting, interviewing, writing and even editing articles. My favorite part was talking to people I’d never met, asking them questions and then piecing the story together. Being concise is one of the most important elements of writing a news story. I remember Dr. Senat saying over and over, “Cut out the extras! Get to the point! Answer [...]

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Cutting Extraneous Words from your Manuscript

Cutting Extraneous Words from your Manuscript
Dialogue Tags and Adverbs

by Suzanne Hartmann

There are many different words that can be cut from a manuscript. Here, author Suzanne Hartmann talks about two of them – check out her series on this topic for more examples.

Dialogue Tags are phrases that identify who is speaking. It is necessary to let the reader know who is speaking, but excessive use of dialogue tags gets old quickly.

Examples =
“Pass me the bread, [...]

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