Hard habits to break–What not to learn from the pros

From Scott: Last time, I discussed some good habits I have learned from reading the works of other authors. Great writers like Vince Flynn, Terry Brooks, and James Patterson have used many successful tools and techniques, and if you study

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Flashbacks–Think twice before you dwell on the past

From Rick: Among the several sins that many new writers commit, premature flashbacks is often one of them. Two other big sins are launching into backstory too soon after the opening (or in the opening), and the use of a

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Formatting guidelines–PART 2 (Word options & clean ups)

From Rick: Last time, I covered some key formatting points for your manuscripts. In this part, I’m first going to show you how to set your MS Word defaults to sensible settings to help you avoid problems. The instructions are

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Is your story the right size?

From Rick: This may sound like a strange topic, but it reflects a problem I’ve seen on several occasions. It means: does your story CONCEPT match the length allocated to it? The length problem spans all types of stories from

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