Monthly Archives: March 2013

Story Beginnings: Beyond the “Hook”

Dear Maggie, I read what you said in an earlier post about using a “hook” to drag readers into my story and that really sounded, like, logical. And I did that but I don’t know where to go from there. … Continue reading

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Dealing with Critiques

Dear Meggie, I just self-published my first novel called, A Man Called Cow. Its a western and tells about a city slicker that moves out west around 1800 and runs into some sheep herders who throw him into a pen … Continue reading

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Novel Characters

So you’ve got a great idea for a novel. You even have a general outline for the plot and have thought up a great character to play the protagonist’s part. Other than making your hero/heroine an all-around great person who … Continue reading

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The Hook in Fiction Writing

I’m sure most writers, especially published ones, know what the word “hook” means in fiction writing. For those who aren’t too sure, let me just say that every book needs to start off in such a way as to excite … Continue reading

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eBook Giveaway!

Go to Goodreads.com for a free ebook of my young adult fantasy, “The Dragons of Atlantis.” This short but action-filled novel is especially great for those who like to read about dragons, time-travel, adventure, etc. This giveaway is a special … Continue reading

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To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate

Today’s post is aimed especially at those writers who seem somewhat clueless about using hyphens, particularly between pairs of adjectives modifying a noun, or rather an adjective modifying another adjective modifying a noun. Does that make sense? To make this … Continue reading

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Using Quotation Marks with Commas and Periods

Another problem I’ve encountered when editing or reviewing other people’s works is some confusion about quotation marks and their relationship with other forms of punctuation. According to the grammar guides I’ve consulted, “Commas and periods always go inside quotation marks.” … Continue reading

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