Tag Archives: characters

Why My Manuscript Was Rejected

Here are some of the common reasons the editor didn’t make it through the first chapter: 1. Generic beginnings: Stories that opened with the date or the weather didn’t really inspire interest. According to Harmsworth, you are only allowed to … Continue reading

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Eight rules for writing fiction

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Short Story Success

(From the Web Editor) 1. The main character should FACE a problem/challenge and not BE the problem. Having a main character who is deeply flawed and whom you will “fix” though the story plot does not work for young people. … Continue reading

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Add Emotions to Your Story

Add emotions to your story. There has to be an emotional pull to get your reader to stay for the whole book. The reader has to relate to the characters in your story. If the reader doesn’t feel a reason … Continue reading

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