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There’s nothing more important, or difficult, than crafting a novel’s first sentence. Except perhaps for the sentence that follows. Charles Dickens, however, often made it look easy. Consider Dickens’ classic start to A Tale of Two Cities… It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom,…
Some advice can be useless, especially when it comes to writing. Consider the following six simple “rules” for writing the perfect novel.
In my previous post in this category, First things first, I mentioned the wisdom of choosing a working title for a project before beginning to write, best practice down to the level of producing shopping lists… Things without which I will not go home,” subtitle, “If I have any sense.” After two years of (mostly)…
It would be a mistake for the prophet Jeremiah to be the main character in a novel written about him. There are several reasons why.
I recently read a well-intentioned and authoritative article that advised aspiring authors, when “choosing” their novel’s title, to examine their finished work and then invent a title that fits what they had written. With due respect, this is backward. And futile.
Maybe you have read Dan Brown’s wildly popular novel, The DaVinci Code. Perhaps instead of reading the book you took in the movie. You may have even enjoyed one or both. After all, the book has sold over 3 million copies and its 2,000-plus reviews at amazon.com rate the novel at over 4 stars. But if you enjoyed it, perhaps you shouldn’t have.