Category Archives: Seven Writing Sins

3 Big Problems with Describing Emotions

Hi everyone! A few neat things going on, so I just wanted to touch base and toss a few links your way. First up, you can find me over at Romance University, talking about Emotional Description: 3 Common Problems with … Continue reading

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The 7 DEADLY WRITING SINS

Due to the popularity of our Original Seven Deadly Sins of Novel Writing, we thought we’d do a reboot, listing all seven (plus a bonus sin—woot, more sinning!) all in one place. You guys are the very best supporters and … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on the Seven Deadly Sins

First off, I hope you enjoyed the Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing as much as I did. It helped me to put into words what I thought were the largest pitfalls and allowed me to brainstorm a system to … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing: Sin #VII

Sin #7: TMI (Too much information) We’re all guilty of this sin at some point during the writing process. The trick is finding the correct balance by the time we reach the final draft. Nothing will turn off the reader … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing Sin # VI

Sin #6: Dialogue Disaster Pick up any work of fiction and flip through it. In fact, flip through several. How much of the novel is dialogue? With the exception of a few genres or older works, I’m betting your estimate … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing: Sin V

Sin # 5: Flat Wordsmithing We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘The writing is flat.’ The question is, what does that really mean? Flat writing is where the prose lies dead on the page. Descriptions, characters and stakes are conveyed in … Continue reading

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The Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing Part IV

Sin# 4: Plot Snafus Your plot is the meat and direction of the novel. Even the most compelling characters lie flat on the page without something to do. For some, plotting comes as natural as breathing, and for others it … Continue reading

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Novel Writing Part III

 Sin # 3: Missing the Mark on Voice & POV Voice is one of the most elusive aspects of writing. If you struggle with it, you are not alone. Just understanding what it is can be a challenge. When a … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins of Novel Writing, Part II

Sin # 2: Counterfeit Characters The most brilliant plot is nothing without the right characters. The writer’s job is to create unique, emotionally charged characters that are strong enough to drive the story. The characters we choose can make or … Continue reading

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Novel Writing

In my mind, there are seven big things that can undermine a novel. I want to address them all, but to avoid having a post 8 miles long, I’ll break them up so they each have their own real estate. … Continue reading

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