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The Most Common Entry-Level Mistake in the Writing Game via @janefriedman

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Today’s guest post by author Larry Brooks (@storyfix) is excerpted from Writing Voice: The Complete Guide to Creating a Presence on the Page & Engaging Readers (Writer’s Digest Books).

By far the most common entry-level mistake in the writing game, the thing that can get a perfectly good story rejected by an editor on the first page, is overwriting: a writing voice that is laden with energy and adjectives, that tries too hard, that is self-conscious in a way that detracts from the story, that is obviously the work of a writer trying to poeticize a story that doesn’t stand a chance.

Bad writing voice is like wearing a clown suit to the Oscars. Chances are you won’t make it past the lobby.

Of course, one writer’s clown suit is another’s tuxedo. Which is to say, you may believe your eloquence is palatable and beautiful, and you may feel the need to stuff all this fat into your sentences because you don’t feel they’re muscular enough as is. It’s always an opinion—yours and the editor’s, and finally the reader’s—but it’s a critical one.

Read more: https://janefriedman.com/common-entry-level-mistake/

How To Make Your Readers Believe the Unbelievable (Or, The Importance of Facts in Fiction)

Please welcome Colleen Oakley as our guest today!|

Colleen’s debut novel Before I Go was a People Best New Book Pick, an Us Weekly “Must” Pick, a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Book, a Library Journal Big Fiction Debut, and an Indie Next List Pick. Formerly the senior editor of Marie Claire and editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness, Colleen’s articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, four kids, and the world’s biggest lapdog, Bailey. Close Enough to Touch is her second novel.

People often ask me which I like better—writing articles for magazines or writing fiction, and I often say the two go hand in hand. Though fiction I’m obviously making up, I rely heavily on the research and reporting skills I honed in journalism to help guide and craft my novels. I think that surprises readers sometimes, so I’m passionate about sharing my process and the idea that the best fiction always has at least a small basis in fact.

Connect with Colleen on Facebook and Twitter.

How To Make Your Readers Believe the Unbelievable (Or, The Importance of Facts in Fiction)

Read more: http://writerunboxed.com/2017/04/23/how-to-make-your-readers-believe-the-unbelievable-or-the-importance-of-facts-in-fiction/

#MotownLit Anthology Volume 1 #Free #eBook – NOW AVAILABLE! #3dChicks Subscribe to receive your download! #pdf

NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!

Just like we promised, we are  providing our readers with a free download of our first anthology.

It’s available when you sign up for updates to the right side of this website.

Instructions

Put your email in the sidebar where it ask you to signup/follow. Go to your email to open up the confirmation email and THERE IS YOUR PDF TO DOWNLOAD! Right click on the link to the “Save As…” and load it right on your computer. Later on you can transfer it to whichever eReader you are comfortable with.

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Now, if you’ve signed up for updates and haven’t received your anthology in time for Christmas, please comment below with the email you signed up with. Your email will be kept private.  After we verify your subscription, we’ll email the file to you immediately.

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#MotownLit Anthology Volume 1 Free Download – Coming Soon #3dChicks

Yes, you read right!

We are currently in the process of working on providing our readers with a free download of our first anthology.

It’ll initially be available when you sign up for updates to the right side of this website.

Now, if you’ve signed up for updates and haven’t received your anthology in time for Christmas, please comment below with the email you signed up with. Your email will be kept private.  After we verify your subscription, we’ll email the file to you immediately.

Don’t forget to look for the hashtag #3dChicks and check out our bios to connect with us around the social network.

Thanks so much for supporting our literary endeavors!