effective narration 101: narrative omniscience, part two

Before we jump into the second installment of our examination of narrative omniscience, here’s a link to part one and to the rest of the entries on effective narration, if you’d like a brief refresher: First-Person Narration Second-Person Narration Third-Person Narration, Part One Third-Person Narration, Part Two Narrative Characterization  Narrative Orientation in Time So, with […]

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no book is without its merits and no writing is without its flaws

Today, I want to talk to that little voice inside you. It is small and hopeful. It says things to you like this: “When the editor gets this book, they are going to realize that the choirs of angels bent towards the earth and deposited this manuscript into their hands.” It is the voice that […]

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raising the tension without ruining your story: a primer

Okay, I know what this is like. You’ve got a great character. You’ve got a stellar story concept, and your conflict is tight. You know everything is going to work out eventually, and the good guys are going to win. But you want to raise the stakes a little bit. You want your character to […]

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starting the year off right (for real)

We humans are certainly suckers for ritual. Even if we don’t want to admit it to ourselves, the plump promise of the new year has the internet (and most internet participants) in a tizzy. Ten Secrets to Setting Resolutions That Stick! Lose Forty Pounds in Thirty Days! This Year YOU Can Be a Best Selling […]

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the eclectic editor around the web

The holidays are in full swing, and I am spending the last few days before Christmas in Michigan to celebrate the wedding of one of my very dear friends. The Midwest FINALLY got some snow, and it’s finally beginning to look a bit like December. Regular posting will resume in the new year, but I […]

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