Stylistic devices – how to end a story

We humans are a bit strange, to say nothing of the dog… Sorry, sometimes I mix what I’m reading — Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) — with what I’m writing, or should be writing. Anyway, I was saying we’re strange. For example, we tend to give a lot of importance to the way things end. I mean, if we go on a vacation for a fortnight and then the last day it rains, we’re bound to feel a bit cheated and depressed. Instead, if it rains the first day of our vacation it rarely is a big deal. The same goes when we have to sit through a dental procedure. Even if the dentist is a sadistic jerk, it’s not a big problem. Really, all he has to do is to let the last five minutes of the procedure go without any discomfort on…

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How to write a blurb for your novel

No doubt, for your book, having an intriguing blurb is as important as having a great cover, an intriguing title and your story professionally edited. That’s why, if you’re serious about your writing, you should devote a bit of time to learn how to write a blurb. In fact, if the cover, well, the thumbnail version of it, is essential to catch a perspective reader’s eye, then it’s the blurb that has to persuade him or her to hit the “buy now” button, or at the very least to download a sample of your book. Now, guidelines on how to write a blurb can seem a bit contradictory at first sight. But you don’t need to worry. Just bear in mind that any well crafted blurb is based on intelligent synthesis and a grain of inventiveness, and that these are two essential tools all decent writers possess. Otherwise, how could they…

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How to write beginnings –3 simple tips

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The first pages of your novel are the most important ones. How to write beginnings is an art and a necessity. You must have read such claims, or variations of them, at least a million times. This is so for a simple reason: it’s true. In fact, as Les Edgerton says in Hooked, a tremendous number of possibly good and even brilliant novels and short stories never get read beyond the first few paragraphs or pages by agents and editors. If you are indies and don’t have to deal with agents and editors you could be tempted to think you are safe. But agents and editors, for all their vetoing powers and, one would hope, good understanding of the dynamics of the market, remain basically readers. As a result, first pages have to grab the attention of readers. Period. And they have to do so in such an effective way that after reading the excerpt of…

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