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Book Writing 101: The Ending

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”~ Frank Herbert One of the main goals when writing an ending to your book or short story, is to have the reader feel satisfied, yet almost wishing there were more; to leave them wondering what...

Book Writing 101: The Scene List

There are many different ways authors go about writing a scene. Some use a pre-planned scene list, while others employ the “start writing and see what happens” method. I’ve found that most writers are...

Book Writing 101: The Tagline

Congratulations! You have just completed a 75,000 word manuscript. Now you have to write one sentence that will inspire a potential reader to buy your book. It sounds easy, but for most authors writing a tagline is a grueling endeavor...

Book Writing 101: The Title

Deciding on your book’s title can fall somewhere between divine inspiration and a mind-numbing task. The following tips will help you create a memorable book title that will attract an editor, agent or reader. Does the title define your book? Think about how...

Book Writing 101: The First Draft

You’ve probably written an outline of your story, but now it’s time to get on with writing your book. The following tips will help keep you on track. 1. Know the ending first Before you can piece together your...

From My Bookshelf – Author C.S. Lewis

One of the first series of books I bought when I was young was “The Chronicles of Narnia”. They were on sale as a boxed set at my school’s book fair. I still have them, and have re-read them many times...

Book Writing 101: The Outline

You’ve probably been brainstorming your book idea for some time, and now feel confident enough to organize your story. The first step in doing so is to think back to high school English class and create an outline. The following are some tips you can follow...