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Memorable Characters #2

Dear Maggie,  I read and took to heart your post about creating memorable characters, especially the protagonist. So I’ve made my protagonist into an alcoholic but a recovering alcoholic who’s always being tempted to take “just one little ‘ol drink”, … Continue reading

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Flashing Your Readers

Dear Maggie, I know yer not supposed to use a lot of sentences and paragraphs without no dialoge, but really I don’t see no harm in that. My jernalism perfessor always said to write whatever feels right and that conversations … Continue reading

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Sentences to Avoid

Dear Maggie, I wrote a fiction novel. I sent it to some agents. Most of them never responded. Others said my sentences were boring. But my story is really good. I know it is. I don’t understand the agents. I … Continue reading

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Getting Past the “Stinky” Blues

Dear Maggie, I have spent the last few months writing what I thought would be my break-out novel about nymphs who mimic humans – like those bugs in that sci-fi story, “Mimic” – only these are good nymphs who don’t … Continue reading

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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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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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