Each scene in a novel should move the plot forward by providing one or more of the following: · pertinent, new information about the characters · aspects of setting that affect the characters or plot · events that advance the storyline. A scene that does not accomplish at least one of these purposes should be […]
Rejections are part of the process for every writer who wants to get published. If you want to be successful in this industry, you need to learn how to handle them like a pro.
The book-publishing industry has standard guidelines for formatting proposals and manuscripts. If your submission isn’t formatted according to those guidelines, you’ll look less professional and more like an amateur. This could affect the chances of your submission being read or seriously considered.
Fair use allows consumers to copy part or all of a copyrighted work, even if the copyright holder has not given permission to copy the work. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut rules for determining this. Fair use is decided by a judge, on a case-by-case basis, after balancing four factors listed in the copyright […]
Here’s a brief overview of how to do endnotes and footnotes (condensed from The Chicago Manual of Style).
Avoid these common dialogue mistakes.
A lot of writing books warn against using too many dialogue tags (“he said,” “she asked,” and all the various synonyms), as that can come across as lazy or contrived writing. It is seen by some to be the mark of an amateur writer.
Character descriptions can be tricky. You want to give readers some clues about what characters look like without going overboard.