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7 tips on plotting your novel - make the ground move beneath the reader's feet.

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, October 11, 2016,
I receive a lot of manuscripts from new writers. I send them out to book clubs and often read them myself. However, sometimes it's difficult to read beyond a few pages. The story becomes simply a collection of words and I no longer care what happens in the rest of the manuscript.
The main part of writing any story is making the reader care. You have to make us want to turn the next page. Grab our attention so that we don't notice that our supper is burning or that we have missed our stop on t...
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Writers, be brave!

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, June 2, 2015,
"Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it kills your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings."
Stephen King.

A dramatic quote from someone who really knows how to tell a story.
Many manuscripts land in our in box and, sometimes, I want to send the writer this quote from Stephen King. We know that writers grow close to the characters they create, and their instinct is to protect their creation. But...the characters are there to make the reader's heart race with anticip...
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