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Novel Nutrition: Research Vitamins

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One often overlooked aspect of Novel Nutrition is Research Vitamins. Even before you start to feed your characters backstory, and before you exercise the plot, make sure they are getting their vital nutrients by providing quality Research Vitamins. Without research, characters might end up doing impossible things, like break the laws of physics, or violate […]

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Dialog-arrhea II

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As mentioned before in Dialog-arrhea, when dialog is poorly formatted, it can make the story messy. Today I want to discuss another cause of Dialog-arrhea, specifically what do the characters say. What your characters actually say depends, of course, on the plot, style, and genre of the book. However, the way they say it needs […]

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What is a Novel?

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This is the first in a series of posts about the basics of what a novel is, should be, or can be. According to Dictionary.com: A novel is a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism. The word is derived Italian, originally meaning ‘new kind of story’. […]

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Sisyphus Syndrome

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Another common ailment among new authors is Sisyphus Syndrome. They work hard on a section to submit to a critique group, and the group tears it apart. So they start over, and submit the rewritten section to the group. Or they start a new project, only to have the same thing happen to their next […]