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Rewrite Your Novel as a Short Story

by Tim Kane I’ll admit, I’m stealing this idea from io9. But, it’s a damn cool idea that I plan to try out. First, backtrack. Say you have a finished draft of a novel. In my case, it’s after the … Continue reading

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Copyrighting: A Sign of Writer Paranoia?

Tim Kane I recall, as a starting writer, I was so paranoid about people stealing my writing that I slapped the copyright symbol on everything. I even employed the poor man’s copyright. I printed out a copy of each short … Continue reading

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Using Multiple Intelligences with your Characters

by Tim Kane We all know to use sensory details to brighten up our prose. However, few writers are aware of the eight multiple intelligences and how they can add depth to your characters. Basically, this psychologist named Howard Gardner … Continue reading

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No Logline Equals no Clue

by Leo Dufresne Outlines, synopsis, Hero’s Journey, three-act plot structure… Everyone has a method to help you write your novel, more efficiently, more elegantly, more successfully. It would be interesting to see what the ratio is between works of fiction … Continue reading

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Change Tense to Highlight Weak Verbs

by Tim Kane I recently decided to switched the tense (and the point of view) on a finished manuscript. (Crazy, I know.) However, it did reveal something interesting about my writing. I’ve been through this manuscript dozens of times. Yet … Continue reading

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Sprinkle Description Like Breadcrumbs

by Tim Kane Each time you introduce a new locale, you’re obliged to describe the scene. What things look like, the sounds, the smells, etc. Writers usually dump this information in one gigantic paragraph that reads like an encyclopedia entry. … Continue reading

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Revision Pass: Concentrate on Beefing Up Those Verbs

by Tim Kane Revision never happens in one pass. Often, authors need to make several passes through their manuscript or scene with a lens. Today, let’s focus on verbs. So often we (and I’m a culprit too) fancy up our … Continue reading

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