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Revise It! Banish the Boring Parts of Your Story Using Genre Conventions

 Identifying and eliminating the boring parts in a story isn't a matter of following a checklist. The key to identifying those dull areas is a matter of understanding the genre conventions of your story, judicious use of beta reader and editor feedback, and creating the most intriguing narrative, voice, and characters you can.

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5 Ways to Improve a Sentence – Fiction Edition

So you get your manuscript back from beta readers, and they pick out sentences that don't sound right, but they aren't sure why. Or you're self-editing, and you want to tackle some of the sentence corrections yourself before sending your work out for a line edit. Here are five tips to improve those sentences!

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Revise It! The Golden Principle of Supporting Characters

the golden principle of supporting characters - write inside out

Supporting characters are as vital as their name implies: they support your main characters and plot arcs so that everything runs smoothly (or horribly, as the case may be--disasters make good fiction). Done right, supporting characters make your protagonist look good (or bad, as the case may be) and offer a much-needed alternate perspective. This golden principle will make sure all of your supporting characters are being used effectively!

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Revise It! The Miniseries: Seven Steps to Unpacking Your First Draft

Revise It! The Miniseries: Six Factors to Unpacking Your First Draft tackles six key areas in content revisions to get your first draft into great condition!

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