At what point in the writing process is it a good idea to allow someone to give feedback on my novel?

Depends on when in the writing process you begin to feel you need feedback. Most of the time, writes want feedback after they’ve completed their first draft and before they start ‘tweaking’ their story. That way, they think, any big flaws will be caught by their readers before they put too much effort into the …

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Can I write the ending of my novel before writing the whole novel?

You can write your novel in any order you wish as long as it works for you. I know many authors who plot out their story then, when they sit down at the computer, decide which scene they wish to write that day. It works for them. Not for me. I plow ahead one scene …

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What are the advantages of using a fictional setting for the novel I’m writing?

There are lots of advantages! Most of all is the fact that not a single reader can come back at you and tell you what you did wrong about your setting. Another advantage is that you can shape the setting to fit the story. You can make the setting become a valuable part of the …

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What screams “I’m generic’ when it comes to writing?

I don’t believe that the term ‘generic’ had much meaning when you are discussing authors and writing. Some of the best writing ever can be described as generic, cliche, and any other term you can think of that describes themes and characters that have been used so much that they can seem overused. Consider Shakespeare. …

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How can I use my life’s experiences to write short stories?

For many years I paid part of my family’s bills by writing confession stories. They are true stories and the author’s name is never given. I wondered how it would work using my own life experiences for stories. If I would be criticized. The funny thing is, the few times that family was there when …

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What should the first chapter of my fantasy novel contain?

It should contain what the first chapter of what every novel should contain: the seeds of the conclusion. It’s sometimes called the ‘author’s promise’ to the reader that they are about to read a book that will conclude with the solution to the problem that the beginning posited. That brings the beginning of the story …

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