How to Write a Novel, Part 7: Revision and Editing

So you completed the first draft of your story. Congratulations—it’s a milestone in the novel-writing process. But your work is far from done. If you think revision means typing “The End” and running spellcheck, think again. Drafting just generates raw material. Through revision, we sculpt that narrative clay into a novel. That’s where creativity and... Continue Reading →

How to Write a Novel, Part 5: Dynamic Dialogue

Admit it. You eavesdrop. It’s all right, everyone does. Some anthropologists even assert that humans evolved to gossip, because exchanging information about others informs our social bonds and behavior. In novel-writing, dialogue functions as a critical storytelling tool. But fictional conversations differ from those in real life. They must move the story forward through the... Continue Reading →

Reader Reactions: Book Bloggers discuss Blue Karma, Pt 3

The following is the final installment of a collaborative guest post from book bloggers Emma (emdoesbookreviews) and Mallory (The Leaning Tower of Tomes), discussing their impressions of my novel, Blue Karma. Part 3 focuses on the story's plot. And don't worry, it's author-certified spoiler free! *     *     * MALLORY: Plot-wise, what did you think? Did you see the political development coming or were... Continue Reading →

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