Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a writer

Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a writer

Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a writer

Sometimes I think that old adage about hindsight being clearer than foresight is true. There are a lot of things I wish I had known before becoming a writer. Writing is not easy sometimes. Those days where pages fly by under my fingertips don’t happen the way they used to. I have an internal editor that is a mean little woman. But since writing is so personal and intimate, and you are following this blog to get insider details, here goes a list of things I sure wish sometime had told me. I wish I had known being a writer

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When does a book need a prologue?

When does a book need a prologue?

Writers are a pretty predictable bunch. We sit down, create a story, maybe outline or do a plot plan. Then we write. And sometimes the first things out of our fingers is a prologue. Or a flashback. You know, a “before there was this, there was THIS” sort of thing. Those types of beginnings are okay. They are sometimes required. But you should know that most agents hate them. Most editors/publishers and other of that ilk hate them too. They hates them my preciousssss. Well, why? Because as a general rule, this stuff is backstory. It’s something for you as

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How to Write the Next Big Thing in Books

What do you think is the “next big thing” in books? To recap, we’ve gone through so much fantasy, I think that is pretty much dead. Ditto for paranormal romance, amateur sleuth novels, and thrillers surrounding conspiracy theories. I heard from some site I visited that agents are begging us not to send them anything with mermaids, vampires, or otherworldly creatures in it no matter WHAT they are doing in a book. One of my beta readers said that the best thing to come out of the end of fingers in today’s world is real life stories. Something that is

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Red Bookshop-Flash Fiction Friday

Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday. This week, I took another idea from Chuck Wendig’s blog, over at Terrible Minds. I hope you like it. You can find other flash fiction on this website under Flash Fiction here. Flash Fiction Friday: Red Bookshop The Red Bookshop Selena could still hear the train’s soft woo woo as it cut a path through the snowy woods. It was taking away her Robert, and she could only stand and wrap her arms around herself to ward off the cold. It was stealing it’s way down into her bones and soon she would be as

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First lines of books: Why do they have to matter?

First lines of books fiddleoak / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Most writers know that these days of micro-everything it has become increasingly difficult to get a reader’s attention and keep it. They want the punch line as soon as possible or they are going to move right on past your book. That means you gotta have a brain-stomping great opening. So how is that accomplished? Well, let’s start at the bookstore. What is it about the written word that will make us go into a bookstore, or onto a digital bookstore’s page and open

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