Essence of a Novel

"Go write a novel." Okay, uh, how? As said by Flannery O'Connor, everyone knows how to write a story until they sit down to write a story. Let's start with the basics: A story is a conflict. Without conflict, there is no struggle, there is no story. Your character must want something, struggle for something … Continue reading Essence of a Novel

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Being Cliche

Ever worry that you're being cliche and nothing you write is new? Yeah, me too. One thing I see in reviews is readers complaining that the book didn't surprise them - nothing felt new or different than any other book in the genre. The book was cliche - as in overdone. cliche = a phrase or … Continue reading Being Cliche