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1. Write an Accurate Fiction Blurb
Your blurb should avoid major plot spoilers and remain succinct while conveying a tantalizing glimpse of your hero, his world, and his big problem. You must also clarify your storyís genre and overall feel.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Gay Romance Genre Fiction
The gay romance genre is a subset of the romance fiction genre with its own unique conventions. It tends to be more sexually explicit than the male-female type of romance novel.
5. What is a Techno Thriller
The techno thriller genre contains action-oriented books that explore in great detail the use of military technology to solve complex domestic and foreign threats within in a suspenseful plot. If you want to write in this genre, remember that realism and technical accuracy are a must.
6. Communicating With Your Beta Reader
Your working relationship with your beta reader is based on trust. That starts with understanding each otherís expectations and communication style.
7. Unforgiven as a New Western
Looking at movies might help clarify the difference between a Classic Western and a New Western. Open Range, which expresses heroism and optimism, is a Classic Western. Unforgiven, which exudes cynicism and pessimism, is a New Western. This article discusses Unforgiven with plot spoilers.
8. Why Use a Pen Name?
A pen name, also known as a pseudonym, is an author name that you choose to attach to your writing. Why would authors want to publish their work under anything other than their real names?
9. What is a Flashback?
A fictional flashback is an advanced writing technique that transitions from a present-day scene to a scene set in the past. It is as if the reader has gone back in time to experience an event through the eyes of a younger version of the viewpoint character.
10. 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.
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