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Sunday, July 12, 2009

How To Write a Novel

Nathan Bransford is a literary agent for Curtis Brown. His writing and publishing blog is widely acclaimed. He has an article by a guest on his blog, Victoria Mixon, an editor with an eclectic background in writing and editing. Her article is entitled, Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Novel, in 1000 Words. It's a flash non-fiction piece, so Flash Fiction Online readers will have perfectly tuned pacing to take full advantage of this excellent article.

She covers the Plot (including the opening hook and the five biggest mistakes made in plotting), Scenes (character, dialog, description, action), and Exposition.

She's young, though. She said nothing about turning on your computer. So you can thank for her for the good writing bits and FFO for saving you from pounding on your keyboard for hours wondering what's wrong.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Banned Words and Phrases

No, not naughty words...words and phrases that, according to Lake Superior State University, have been so overused that editors consider them trite. New to the list this year is an emoticon that I must admit I'd never seen: <3 (a heart or love). It looks like less-than 3 to me, but I don't travel often in the emotisphere.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Putting a Face on Who's Rejecting You

It is nice to see the faces of the people who are rejecting your science fiction and fantasy works. At this story about the SFWA's annual Authors & Editors Reception, you'll find photos of some notables who carry red pens and back-up red pens at all times. You'll see Stanley Schmidt, Gordon Van Gelder...and maybe an agent or two who have ruined your day.

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