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Chapter endings have at least two purposes—to look back at what’s already happened and look forward to what might happen. Both characters and readers benefit from the dual purposes of chapter endings.
Writers can’t write novels of any length, not if they want to be published traditionally. Word count is important, especially for the first-time novelist.
There’s a lot of contention concerning narrative tense—should stories always be told using the past tense or is present tense a true option.
Punctuation can overwhelm a sentence or paragraph. Poor punctuation can be a distraction, pulling readers out of the fiction and out of the mood to read your work. Let words tell the story. Use punctuation for other purposes.
Plot, setting, and character are the three major elements of fiction. Get an overview of what they do and how they interact.
Not knowing how to format a novel for submissions can be more than annoying. Learn how to format your manuscript in a way acceptable to agents and publishers.
Good scene transitions are vital for making your novel move forward without dragging and to keep you, the author, from giving too much importance to every moment in your characters’ lives.