I”m writing a book where the main characters are triplets, however their names all end in ‘vim.’ Should I do something about this or will the names not be a problem?

How to give characters names that can easily be distinguished from names of other characters? This is something that irritates me often. Why do so many authors give names to their characters that are so similar to other characters’ names that the reader needs a written list to keep them apart? But it happens. Try …

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How is e-book writing different from writing a traditional print book?

How is writing e-books different from writing traditional bricks-and-mortar books? Having made the transition from writing for traditional, bricks-and-mortar publishers to writing for e-publishers, I feel somewhat qualified to answer this question and can state unequivocally that here are several differences that should inform what you write and how you write it. The differences that …

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How to make a living writing romance novels.

I recently answered a question requesting three pieces of advice for making a living writing romance novels. Here is my answer: Read, read, read the best sellers in the kind of romances you wish to write. There are many, many sub-genres in the romance field and each has its own requirements. Then jot down between …

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What are some tips on writing a good anithero-hero romance subplot in an action-focused novel?

There’s just one rule that I know of for writing a romance into an action-focused novel and, unfortunately, a lot of authors don’t seem to know it. Don’t force your romance sub-plot into the midst of the action where it doesn’t belong.  Don’t have your hero and heroine getting all sexy or mushy while bullets …

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What is the best writing advice you ever received?

The best writing advice I ever received was to approach writing as a profession and not as the endeavor of an amateur. Professionals hone whatever skill they have to create a product that people will want badly enough to give some of their pay/time/effort/lives/etc in order to enjoy it. As they create, they think of …

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