What is a hook all about anyway? It’s a line that snags your reader and pulls them into the story. Often someone flipping through your book or looking at the first page online at Amazon.com will just read the first few lines.
Dirty Fighting isn’t about some how-to guide on Jujitsu or Street Fighting. Nope, it’s actually a list of twenty-three items given to my husband and I by our pre-marital counselor to teach us the difference between the Dirty Fighting Techniques practiced by most couples and the clean-as-a-whistle fighting he wanted us to strive for.
Adverbs tell us how something was done. You should rather try to show us how it was done. When I talk about adverbs I want you to be pay close attention to the words that end in –ly, namely adverbs of manner.
Marlin is the hero of Finding Nemo because he has the most to overcome. He’s emotionally wounded by a traumatic event from the past—the death of his wife and almost all of his children.
There are some books that always feature in Top Ten lists, including mine. I never tire of reading Wuthering Heights, for example, or Jane Eyre, or Rebecca and at least once every few years I pick up one of the books I adored when I was younger, Little Women or Ballet Shoes or Black Beauty.
Overwriting is a common problem for new writers. Even experienced writers can fall victim to the issue. It’s something, as a reader, that drives me nuts. It’s also something I’m guilty of needing friendly reminders about in my own early drafts.
Basically, the entirety of the internet’s wisdom on supporting characters can be broken down into a simple five-point checklist.
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70 decibels. Not 50 dBs. That’s too low. Not 85 dBs. That’s too high. Nope. 70 dBs of ambient noise appears to be just right when it comes to enhancing one’s creativity.
Hyperlink movies are films following multiple story lines and multiple characters. These story lines and characters intersect obliquely and subtly.
In moviemaking, there are those who may tell you otherwise. I just read a wonderful script by a workshop student. The writer fine tuned his characters well and honed great emotional payoffs.
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We all know that movies don’t really contain “acts” per se. In live or “legitimate” theater the curtain will actually rise and fall at act breaks. The concept of the “act” in screenplays, however, exists only for the writer and is unseen by the audience.
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Are you sometimes stuck when it comes to adding a title to a blog or article? Have you ever used a mundane title for a blog, article, or gulp … your book?
Ebook authors and publishers who ignore quality issue warnings at the time of publishing on Kindle Direct Publishing now face the reality that readers will be warned that their ebooks are sub-standard.
With nearly 5 million Kindle ebooks available, plus an even larger number of paperback and hardcover books listed on Amazon, it’s no wonder that your book can get lost in the crowd.
Rebecca Cantrell is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning thriller and mystery author.
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