Author's Paradize
A collection of book reviews, releases and stories of authors and great books.
A Villain so Bad that He's Good
A villain is essential to a good story, and in fact drives the story. Without conflict, without something for the hero to solve or deal with, there is no story. Just for purposes of this article, I'm going to talk about a male character, but women also make great villains.
1) Don't have a preconceived notion...
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17th March 2014
10 Reasons Readers Will Close Your Book
1) Nothing happens in the opening pages. I don't care how gorgeous your writing is, no one will keep reading about a bunch of characters that are going nowhere. Ditto for pages filled with pretty scenery. Start out with some interesting action or problem, and...
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29th January 2014
Writer's Quiz
Correct the following 10 sentences -- if they need fixing.
She's a real trooper.
He walked down the road a peace.
Store it in the Chester drawers.
They decided to put in a pitch hitter.
Let it run the gamut.
His name was now mud.
That story was tintillating...
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9th January 2014
Make Sense
Raise your work above the mediocre with the use of all five senses. Drawing on the senses will breathe life into your characters, setting and may even enhance the back story.
She wore a pretty blue dress.
Use the sense of sight: She wore a blue dress, the same one she had on the day we met. The one that matched her eyes, showed her curves...
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20th December 2013
Why isn't your story working?
Long gone are the days when fiction was meant to instruct us. Today, fiction must entertain. If you bore the reader, you lose a fan. Keep losing fans and you will not have a writing career, you will have a hobby. Take a hard look at your WIP (work in progress). Here are four areas where your story might be lagging...
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20th November 2013
5 Quick Fixes for Plot Problems
1) The wrong-turn plot.
Your story has become implausible. Your characters are now doing something they couldn't or shouldn't be doing because earlier you made it clear that that can't/won't/ shouldn't happen. Most every writer has had this problem because as the work progresses the author?s creative side heats up and new and better ideas pour out....
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October 2013
Change it up
How often do you start your sentences with the word 'she'? She did this. She did that. She did this other thing. Bland, repetitive sentence style will kill your chances of producing a piece of writing that will get sold. Here are ten different ways to write the same sentence.
Start with the subject. This is the most common method...
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September 2013
Ten Pieces of Writing Advice to take to Heart
Don't assume there is any one single path that you as a writer must follow. There is no list of Dos and Don'ts written in stone that is guaranteed to work for you. Listen to the successful writers and consider their methods, but do what is best for you. People often bemoan the surplus of contradictory writing advice found in magazines...
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August 2013
Twist It
What is a twist? A plot twist is a change in the expected direction or outcome of the plot of a novel or other work of narrative. It is used to keep the interest of an audience, usually surprising them.
A perfect example of a good twist can be found in the movie The Sixth Sense, a 1999 film starring Bruce Willis...
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July 2013
Confusing Commas
1. To separate introductory phrases from the main sentence: Knowing Prince Cedric would be at the ball, Lady Charlene chose her dress carefully.
2. To separate two independent clauses: Lady Charlene took a long bath, and she perfumed her hair. These two sentences could stand alone.
3. When opening a sentence with a gerund..
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June 2013