Scenes: The Skeleton of a Novel

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You're a human being: you can stand up, sit down, or do a somersault. That's because you have a skeleton that gives your soft tissue a structure. Likewise, it's important to give your novel a structure that will hold all the soft murmurings about characters, places and events. It begins with understanding the structure of a ...

Openings: 5 Ways They Go Wrong

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Openings are incredibly important. This was brought back to me recently as I was judging a contest. Those manuscripts that kept my interest for three pages were rare. Usually, they lost me by the middle of page two! Am I harsh? I don't think so. Grab the Reader with Your Opening Lines Noah Lukeman has it right in ...