Write a Good Hook for Your Story

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Write a Good Hook for Your StoryFew things are as important to novelists as the opening line of their books. Few things are as frustrating. Today, we will take a look at how to write a good hook for your story. How many books have you rejected because the first few lines failed to capture your […]

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Avoid Floating Body Parts in Your Writing

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Last week, we discussed head-hopping, and the week before, we covered out-of-body experiences. This is the third post in a three-part series.Out of Body, Out of Mind, Part 3: Floating Body Parts“The code is more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules.” —Captain Barbossa, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlDid I […]

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Avoid Head-Hopping in Your Writing

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Avoid Head-Hopping in Your WritingLast week, we discussed how to avoid what I call out-of-body experiences in your writing. This is the second post in a three-part series.Out of Body, Out of Mind, Part 2: Head-HoppingWhat is Head-Hopping? Head-hopping happens when an author switches POV within a scene, sometimes many times. Many editors believe God engraved, […]

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WME 003 – Word Marker Tips for Authors

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Last Week’s Question – “What word processing program do you use: Word, Scrivener, or some other program?” Several people wrote to tell me about their preferred word processing programs.Alternatives to ScrivenerKat reminded me of the yWriter word processor program by Spacejock Software. I used this free software for several years before switching to Scrivener. If your […]

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