Simplify your writing with purpose

downloadYou’ve finished writing your first draft and are now you’re charged with the task of revision. In order to create fluid writing, you need to remover clutter from your prose while still maintaining rich language and character descriptions. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that. Continue reading

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10 ways to breathe life into your first chapter

Typewriter-Chapter-OneThe beginning of any novel is in many ways the most important part of the book because it’s during those first few paragraphs or pages that the reader decides if they are going to commit to your characters and their story or not. Often when I go to a bookstore I’ll browse my favorite session and take a book off the shelf. I’ll read the back cover and if the premise seems interesting I’ll go straight to the first few pages. Continue reading