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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Fiction Writing Site! These are the top ten articles that your Fiction Writing Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Different Sample Blurbs for Star Wars
Your blurb should introduce the hero, his world, and his big problem without revealing major plot points. Use word choice and writing style to convey the story's genre and overall feel. Here are five examples of blurbs for Star Wars written as a space opera, a comedy, a romance, and a thriller.
2. Hook The Readers Through Character Emotion
If you are writing a novel that feels flat and boring, you will need to rewrite to go deeper into what is at stake for your viewpoint character. The stronger his emotion, the more interesting the story. We readers can all relate to needing something.
3. Good Luck Changing That Author Bio
When you write your author bio for the first time just before your book gets published, you might be so overwhelmed with excitement or exhaustion that you dash off a paragraph without giving it sufficient thought. But you may regret this later when your bio proves hard to change.
4. Beware the Mary Sue Character
The Mary Sue character reads like a too-perfect version of the author. With no faults, she has no depth or complexity, and therefore no story worth caring about. She drags down the strongest plot, but if you know her characteristics, you can transform her into someone real on the rewrite.
5. How to Write an Author Bio
Regrettable author bios come in two types. First, the one that includes too many superficial details that quickly become outdated. Second, the off-putting bio that comes across badly to the readers. Keep your author bio brief and timeless.
6. Is Self-Publishing Right For You?
Is self-publishing right for you? Now more than ever, self-publishing is uncomplicated and inexpensive, but it requires hard work. Self-publishing could be a good fit for you. When making the decision to self-publish or go with a traditional royalties-paying publisher, consider the following issues.
7. Writing the Blurb and the Synopsis
Fiction writers who wish to publish must learn to write a blurb and a synopsis. Both can be challenging to create, but it helps to understand their vastly different requirements and purposes. Composing blurb and synopsis can give you a deeper understanding of your fiction project.
8. Dangling Participle Phrases Annoy the Readers
Dangling participle phrases are the most common grammatical mistake that I see in published fiction nowadays. Because they contain several words, they stick out like blight on the landscape. But now you can learn what a participle phrase is and how to use it correctly.
9. Why Are These Women Arguing?
What do you see in this photo? Two women, right? One younger and one older. But obviously they are feeling some strong negative emotions.
10. Know the Unwritten Rules of Your Genre
In order to write successfully in a certain genre, you must know the unwritten rules – in short, what the readers in that genre want to see. This is overlooked by countless writers who either jump eagerly into a specific genre without researching it first, or knowingly try to break the rules.
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