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Assess Your Novel-Writing Progress With These Four Questions

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

You have to check the status of your novel now and again during the writing process---things do go wrong, after all Consider the halfway mark a good point to take a breather, get out a notebook, and do a quick assessment of what you've done so far Mid-point assessment is NOT the time to start rewriting, though...

Create, Complicate, Resolve: The Keys to Keeping Your Readers Interested

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

So how DO you keep from boring the socks off your readers (And in a related question, how do you keep from putting YOURSELF into a coma while writing your story) Well...

4 Thinking Barriers That Keep You From Writing...And Succeeding

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

Sooner or later, every human being has to deal with obstacles, barriers, struggles heartbreak and loss This is just the way life is---and even the most successful novelists you can think of will have faced these trials If they've kept writing, they've overcome them...

4 Steps To Finding Your Novel's Market

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

So You're pounding the keyboard to pieces writing this story that just rips your heart out It's the best thing you've ever written, and you know it...

Life, Passion... Deadline

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

The Conclusion of the 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series You're ready to write the story of your life You've put your heart and soul into it Your themes resonate with you, and they're the core of the novel...

Planning A Heart-Stopping Story

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

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Part VII of the 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series Over the last six lessons, you've figured out your theme, and you've worked out at least one and possibly several subthemes You've learned how to use blended scenes, intercuts, and cliffhangers to work both themes and subthemes into your work You have great conflict waiting to happen...

Interweaving Your Novel's Themes And Subthemes

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

Part VI of the 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series When you're writing a book, you want every page to drag the reader to the next one, even if she's late for work, even if it's two o'clock in the morning and he needs to be up at six, even if the plane has landed and your weary traveller really must get bags in hand and get off the plane You want what you're writing to be compelling Enthralling...

Dig Deeper With Your Novel's Subthemes

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

Part V of the 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series By now, you have a solid grasp of the importance of having a theme for your story, of keeping it personal and hidden (to avoid writing the dreaded Message Book), and of hanging on to the courage of your convictions in writing it the way you need to, knowing that you cannot ever please everyone, nor should you try That's a good, solid foundation for writing a book that people will read, and then re-read, and then recommend to friends, and finally buy as presents for people they really like Which is, after all, the writer's ultimate goal---to write a story readers love so much they'll share it with other people who will love it, too...

Playing Chicken With Your Story

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

Part IV of the 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series And now we come to the hard bit You've got your theme, and you've figured out how to bury it so that it's there for you, and SOMETHING meaningful is there for your reader You've let go of the temptation to write a message book---always difficult---and have embraced telling your story for the sake of the story...

Burying Your Novel's Message

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

Part III of the 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series In the first two articles, we've explored how essential it is to have a theme to give your novel direction, and how to find those themes that will resonate with you You'd think that once you have a theme, you could just sit down and write your book about that, and you'd bring powerful emotions and passionate storytelling and compelling, page-turning action to your tale---but it just ain't so If you just write your theme, what you'll have is a harangue...

How To Find Your Novel's Pulse

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

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PART II of The 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series The best novels you've ever read---the ones that stuck in your mind and kept you going back to re-read them, that made you think, that made you feel, maybe that scared your socks off---were not about what they were about Sound cryptic It is, sort of...

Does Your Novel Have A Heartbeat?

Author: Holly Lisle

Category: Writing

PART I of The 8-Part BRING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE Series You've read through what you've written---your first few scenes, your first chapter, your completed novel---and you've discovered that your words don't move you They don't make you want to keep reading They don't make you laugh or cry...