Tag: novel

Living In Memory

About seven years ago, during my senior year of high-school, I wrote a short story titled Frank, which I later changed to Living in Memory. It’s been tucked away since then, gathering dust, aging slowly – not unlike the eponymous character – until I found it this morning and got a chance to re-read my

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The 7 Essential Elements of a Bestselling Novel

Do I know how to grab your attention or what? Anyway, for a quick-post-Friday I wanted to share an article I stumbled on while reading the Writers Digest website, called (use your powers of deduction here), ‘The 7 Essential Elements of a Bestselling Novel’. The post was written by Adrienne Crezo, managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine.

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Short Stories… Why Bother?

Do people even bother with short stories anymore these days?  When we read the biographies, memoirs, or quotes of the famous authors today, the older generation who have established themselves on real masters of storytelling, there is something that they all share in common: they started with the short story.  And not just one or

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Micro Tension – Keep Your Reader Flipping Those Pages

Well after a long hiatus I’m back with more discussion on writing. Donald Maass, perhaps the most powerful literary agent in the business, cites micro-tension as the most important weapon in an author’s arsenal to create compelling novels. But what is micro-tension? Micro-tension is those little conflicts (not necessarily physical) that keep the reader moving

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