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Excerpt from The Magic of Fiction—Keep the Reader in Mind
Get your fiction and writing questions answered in a real-time question and answer session—Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 4 p.m. EDT and again at 9 p.m. EDT.
Excerpt from The Magic of Fiction—Refining Style
Excerpt from The Magic of Fiction—Middle Chapters
Excerpt from The Magic of Fiction—Showcasing the Setting
Excerpt from The Magic of Fiction—The First Draft
Pile on frustrations for your characters; see what they’re made of. Give characters reasons to act up and act out.
Treat readers the way a chef treats his favorite customers—give them the good stuff, prepared with their tastes in mind. Make each story, beginning to end, a tasty one.
Take a lesson from a review of the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens—give readers more than the expected.
Tips for spelling compound words—open, closed, and hyphenated compounds. The Chicago Manual of Style has a great section on spelling compound words.