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Is writing Quora answers a good way to improve writing skills for a novel?

Only in that it might make you think about the question and the answer as it relates to you and to your style of writing. Because every kind of writing is different from every other kind of writing. So learning to write answers to questions is a different skill than writing novels.

Romance Writing, Short Story, The Craft of Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Fiction

What is the biggest secret about fiction writing?

The biggest secret is that there’s no secret at all. It’s just work, work, work and write, write, write and read, read, read. Then stop and look at what you just did. And repeat until someone says you’re a really good writer. Then you still repeat ad infinitum.

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How can I write the opening of my novel without it seeming cliche?

There are cliches and there are archetypes.   Cliches are bad. Archetypes are good. Both are the same thing. They are characters, subjects, places, or whatever you are writing about, that are familiar enough to your readers that they recognize them easily as people, things, places or whatever that they already know. The difference between… Continue reading How can I write the opening of my novel without it seeming cliche?

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How do I get a first novel published?

This question opens up a can of worms! Writing is the easy part, getting published is waaaaay more difficult! But there are some steps to follow that will get you there. 1. But there are books and blogs and articles out there telling you what to do. I’m not sure how helpful they are but… Continue reading How do I get a first novel published?

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About rain — rainbows — writing — stories of wonder.

It's raining today. Sort of raining, just enough to get everything wet and make me not want to go outside and stand in it because I'd get chilled and soaked, though the ground will still be thirsty when it ends because it's not coming down hard. Still, considering we've been in a 'red flag' event… Continue reading About rain — rainbows — writing — stories of wonder.

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How can I get readers to relate to a non-human character in a story?

 Easy. Give them human characteristics, which is what most, if not all, writers do when describing non-human characters.   I suspect it’s the ONLY way to describe a character because, as humans, we don’t know how to describe anything other than ourselves and, fortunately for writers, that includes a huge range of characters from the… Continue reading How can I get readers to relate to a non-human character in a story?

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Does writing exhaust or energize you? What are some common traps for aspiring writers?

Both because writing is both exhausting and energizing. It all depends on what step I’m at in the process whether I mentally and emotionally sag or whether I look at what I’ve done or am doing and realize that it’s pretty good.   Traps for new writers? They are all mental: Thinking you’re not good… Continue reading Does writing exhaust or energize you? What are some common traps for aspiring writers?

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What’s the best way to approach writing the second draft of your novel?

 This is kind of a hard one. Everyone knows how to write a first draft. Just write it. But most novels published by major New York publishers go through 10 rewrites. Tenrewrites! That’s a lot of drafts. But one way to get started on that dreaded second draft is to refer back to the outline, mental… Continue reading What’s the best way to approach writing the second draft of your novel?

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Another interesting factoid about black cats. (They are healthy.)

THE GENE THAT CAUSES BLACK FUR MIGHT MAKE THESE FELINES RESISTANT TO DISEASE. The mutation that causes a cat’s fur to be black is in the same genetic family as genes known to give humans resistance to diseases like HIV. So perhaps their color has less to do with camouflage than disease resistance. Scientists hope… Continue reading Another interesting factoid about black cats. (They are healthy.)

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Black Cats. Gotta love ’em.

There's a lot to love about these black, fur-balls as evidenced by holidays in their honor. What, you say? Holidays just for a specific color cat? Yep. The ASPCA celebrates Black Cat Appreciation Day annually on August 17. In England, October 27 is National Black Cat Day. I mention these because my latest clean small-town… Continue reading Black Cats. Gotta love ’em.