Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
It’s not a waste of time to finish a first novel, to practice your writing skills with that first novel manuscript, even if it will never be published. But know that the first novel will not be a masterpiece.
Explore novel ways to look at the use of dialogue tags, especially at “said” and other verbs, such as laugh and smile, used as dialogue tags.
Rather than listen to advice that says it’s unnecessary to learn the rules of writing and fiction, learn your craft.
Explanations for why a work in progress doesn’t read like a published novel. Includes areas to work on to improve a WIP.
Including the words “The End” on the final page of a manuscript is a good idea. The visual keeps readers, including agents and editors, from guessing what the story’s final words are.
A writer asks about comma use with dependent clauses. Includes details about comma use for subordinate clauses before, after, and in the middle of independent clauses.
A writer asks how much back story is too much.
Encouragement for when you feel you’ll never be as good as other writers.
Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.
A readers asks about links between plot, character goal, and the inciting incident.