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Thinking of writing your novel in omniscient point of view)? Forget it.

If you’re thinking of writing your novel in omniscient POV (point of view), forget it. Writers who use omniscient POV don’t challenge themselves to write in a more intimate style, which takes more work and thought. In first person or … Continue reading

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The Burden of Your Novel’s Opening Scene by C. S. Lakin

Think of your novel as a gold mine, with a mother lode resting deep in the heart of a mountain. In order to get to that treasure, you have to build a sturdy framework as you dig into all that … Continue reading

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David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants—Telescoping Penetration

“One book that I frequently recommend for writers is Orson Scott Card’s Character and Viewpoint. I do it for a number of reasons. First, Scott looks at such issues as whether to write a novel in first person, second, or … Continue reading

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Some Things You Should Know about Story (Six, to Be Precise)

By Shelly Lowenkopf (1) Whose story is it? A dramatic work has only one central character. There may be secondary characters of equal importance to the overall narrative, but in the vast majority of literary accomplishments from Dracula to Candide, … Continue reading

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David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants–Predicting a Bestseller

Researchers created a computer program to study stylistic similarities between books, to see if stylistic similarities can be used as predictors of success. Read what David Farland said about their findings.

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Bill Flanagan of the grammar police on “I and me”

Time now for a public service announcement from first-person-singular-pronoun policeman Bill Flanagan of VH1: I know it sounds snobby to point this out, but in the last 10 or 15 years, millions of intelligent English-speaking people have become flummoxed by … Continue reading

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Must read article on character development

Secrets and Contradictions By DAVID CORBETT  on nytimes.com I know a compelling character when I encounter her on the page. Her simplicity betrays an enigmatic complexity, and her known qualities suggest unknown ones. She possesses the one thing I want … Continue reading

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