How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: editing – chop until you drop?

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Eight of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to edit your story – often thought to be the most important part of the fiction writing process.
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“Editing is like pruning the rose bush you thought was so perfect and beautiful until it overgrew the garden.”
Larry Enright [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: TA-DA! Climax and Resolution

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Seven of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher brings your story to a grand finale in Act 3, the Climax and Resolution, and helps you make sure everything correlates properly with what happened in Act 1.
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Reviewing Act 3 – Climax and Resolution

 “Act 3 begins with the unexpected and ends with the long-anticipated.”

Ridley Pearson

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How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: fiction no-nos

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Six of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher rounds up the key mistakes you can make that will ruin your fiction and make you look amateurish … and, how to avoid them.

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Fiction no-nos

While you’re reviewing the four major sections of your story, or indeed while you’re writing, try keeping an eye out for these fiction no-nos that will make your work appear amateurish and turn off readers, agents, publishers and editors alike. [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: Act Two – the key turning point

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Five of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shares how to review the second part of your “Act Two” – a critical element, as the two parts of “Act Two” form the backbone of your story.

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Reviewing Act Two, Part Two

In the first half of your story, the main characters have identified and set out on their quest, entered a new world, gained supporters, appreciated who their antagonists are and arrived at their first serious reversal. Up until this midpoint they have mainly been dealing with external forces in the battle to achieve the goal they have set themselves.

As Act Two should take up around fifty percent of your story… [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: tighten up your writing

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Four of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher looks at how to tighten up your fiction so it avoids the over-writing pitfalls common to inferior, amateurish writers.

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Tighter writing

If there’s one thing that divides the amateur from the professional fiction writer, it’s the tautness of their prose style. Amateur writers’ sentences often meander, twist and turn; they use many more words than required; and over-complicate their syntax in an effort to sound sophisticated. This can end up confusing readers, as well as slowing down the action of their story. An agent or commissioning editor will reject a manuscript with writing like this before they reach the bottom of the first page.

Seasoned writers, on the other hand, create crisp, elegant sentences in which every single word is precise and necessary … [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: a good look at genres

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Three of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher looks at the main fiction genres and sub-genres … what they entail, and how your fiction should fit in with them.

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Genres

If format is one axis of the fiction matrix, genre is the other. Although, confusingly, “genre fiction” is often used to describe popular, plot-driven, niche fiction (e.g. Romance or Mystery), I am talking about genre in its broader sense, as used by publishers and booksellers to classify all types.

If you want to sell your book into an agent or traditional publisher, you should know your fiction genre, the idioms of that genre, best-selling books and writers within it, and where your story fits in relation to these. [Read more…]

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