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Nevermore: The Power of Words

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Words have power. So much power. Words hurt, heal, bolster the ego, or kill the spirit. Be careful, my dear ones, to use them for good and nevermore for evil. Fair warning. Today, I will share a few words about my faith; however, I do so in the hopes that you will examine your own […]

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Choosing a Professional Writing Organization

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

If you have no publishing credentials, membership in a writers’ organization is a good way to show editors and agents that you have an interest in perfecting your craft and that you are serious about your writing career. If you are a member of a critique group, mention that too.Choosing Your Professional Writing OrganizationMembership in […]

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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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Avoid Out-Of-Body Experiences in Your Writing

By Kathrese McKee | Craft

Everyone is a comedian, but sometimes, the comic effect is unintentional and potentially embarrassing. When writing your fiction, you only want your prose to be funny on purpose. But I see many examples of unintentional silliness in the following forms: out-of-body experiences; head-hopping; and floating body parts. Let’s get down to business and find out […]

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