Writing Quotes — Colette

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Writing Tip — 17

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Set yourself a reasonable daily goal for how much you want to write. If you go over the goal you set for yourself, that’s great. You’ll finish your first draft that much faster. You can make a simple spreadsheet to keep track of how much you write each day.

Before too long writing each day will become a habit. A good habit. One you will be proud to have.

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Chapter 19 — The Archivist

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I hope I’m able to translate these runes. The beam of light revealed line upon line of runes carved into the marble walls. Here’s that seal again. So many questions and so few answers. The camera flashed when she took a photo. When she traced the seal with her finger, her arm tingled. With a shake of her head, she moved on. Her progress halted at a brick wall; the odor of sewage reached her nose.

She clicked her microphone. “Shannon, I’ve reached the end of the tunnel. Have Nickie mark it on the plans. There’s a brick wall in front of me that doesn’t match the rest of the walls. I can smell sewage too.”

Shannon’s voice crackled in the earpiece. “All right. If we are matching things correctly, the sewer tunnel on the other side leads back to the river if you turn right. Do you think we should break through that section of the wall?”

“No. I don’t want to risk sewer workers entering these tunnels.” Lennie made her way back up the tunnel. “I’m heading back to the entrance. We’ve done enough for today.”

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Lennie approached the stone door, light playing across the runes that covered it. A seal etched in the center of the appeared to match the one they found in another sewer tunnel. With no handle, Lennie had no way to open the door. The wall to either side held images of people who held weapons, bags, and packs. She ran her fingers over the door and like the metal fragments, she could not feel any edges. The stone felt smooth as glass. With a shake of her head, she moved along the wall, and stopped when the stone in the wall changed over to the sewer tunnel. The wall and sewer met seamlessly, yet another riddle that needed an answer. Did this appear at the same time the other ruins did? Why did the walls differ, yet leave no seam? Most important of all, what lay beyond the door and how did it open? Lennie moved to the center of the room where Nickie set up the tripod and cameras. She patted her friend’s shoulder and smiled.

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Writing Quotes — Robin Hobb

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Writing Tip — 23

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The End of your story is where you tie up all the loose ends, including the major conflict you introduced in the beginning. Don’t leave any plot points hanging when you reach the end. Don’t forget, the reader has spent their time reading the book and if you leave loose ends, they will not be happy and if you expect reviews, they won’t be favorable.

This section can make or break your book. Go back and make a list of the conflicts facing your protagonist in the beginning and the middle. Make sure you resolve everything along with the climactic conflict. Even if this first book is the beginning of a series, you need to tie up the loose ends, as well as the tie in to the next book.

When dealing with the three parts of your story, having some type of outline or notes to work from will help keep you on track, which leads to less revisions and major rewrites. It’s important that your story has a logical chronological order, so your readers don’t get confused by what happens when. You need to maintain consistency in time as you write the story.

From your opening sentence to your last line, you are making a deal with every potential reader. You agree to give them something enjoyable to read. Don’t let them down.

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A Perfect 10 with Melanie Jayne

Author Don Massenzio

Today’s perfect 10 interview session is with author Melanie Jayne. The questions in these interviews are designed to gain more insight into the inspiration, background and strategy of the authors that stop by.

Please enjoy this edition of A Perfect 10 and look for an exciting announcement regarding all of the participating authors for 2018.


DSC_7639 Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Wow, let’s jump right into making me sound like a crazy woman. I’m in the process of writing my twelfth book and I’ve finally figured out a few things about my process.

I am a slow starter. Although I’m a Planner and I have a very extensive outline, the first third of the book is a grind. I wonder if this story is the worst ever, if I should stop, maybe I should look at the job postings in my area? And then, I find my rhythm and I…

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10 Major Areas Authors Must Choose For Marketing Their Books

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Authors hear a lot of the same advice about book marketing and publicity.  It’s very obvious what needs to be done.  The question is how does one do these things especially with limited time, money, desire, or knowledge?
The best way to tackle this is to first take an overview of things.  Start by identifying your short vs. long term goals.  Those goals will dictate your priorities and help you schedule your time and allocate your resources properly.

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