Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

It’s time again for my monthly giveaway and review. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Donald Maass’s The Emotional Craft of Fiction, check out the giveway rules here. The contest ends August Monday 6 at 11:59pm EDT. Review in a nutshell: A excellent book that explores the emotional…

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The Dragon’s in the Details: Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World (Part 1)

Over the last year, I’ve repeatedly disagreed with a critique group member about how much setting description is necessary in our novels. He favors long descriptions, while I prefer my prose more sparse. Truthfully, both are valid and will appeal to different audiences. But I also know with my own writing that my view of…

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6 Tips for How to Process Line Edits.

So, you’ve hired or begged someone to go through you book and suggest line edits, and now you have a document splattered with suggestions. What do you do? This is exactly the situation I find myself in as I get Death Warden ready for submission this month. I’ve learned a lot through the process, and…

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My Author Journey (July, 2018)

This month, my major focus has been to get Death Warden ready for pitching and submission. I contracted a line editor to help me with the book, and I’ll admit, it is a little weird having someone actually go in and start messing with my words. I’ll have some tips based on what I learned…

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Writer’s Blog Roundup (June, 2018)

Here are my five favorite posts from the last month: 1 . Art’s Highest Purpose: to Complicate Our Feelings by Peter Selgin url: https://www.janefriedman.com/arts-highest-purpose/ I thought this was interesting. For me, evoking emotion is a hallmark of great writing, but I like the idea of creating a dissonance within the reader’s personal reaction. 2. How…

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