42 Common Mistakes Novelists Make by Paula Berinstein

By Paula Berinstein

Tale advisor and Writing exhibit host Paula B. offers an annotated checklist of forty two universal errors she sees forever. Divided into characters, constitution, reader engagement, the industry, and mechanics, the object deals every little thing from the Tease--the author who will get readers all excited yet does not stick with via, to the Bleeding Heart--the author who will not "murder his darlings."

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Try modifying the story to work for that market, or aim for another one. 35. The Starlet. You're too focused on your sequel. Sometimes I'll advise a writer to add more twists and turns to their story and suggest a few ideas, only to hear, "Don't worry. " Do not sacrifice this book for the sake of the next one. Pretend that this book stands on its own, because it might. If a publisher takes you on and your book doesn't do well, there probably won't be a sequel unless you publish it yourself. Put your energies into the here and now and give your readers the best value possible so there will be a next time.

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