Fiction Techniques for Nonfiction Writers
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by Logan Information
1w ago
Fiction and nonfiction are separate genres, but though their labels imply otherwise, they are not wholly opposites. While the first is created from your imagination and the other pulls from real life, both require creativity and vivid expression to become compelling.  Ironically, the definitions of the two genres could almost be flip-flopped. Fiction works best when it’s believable, and the best nonfiction seems unbelievable and is most effective because the reader knows it’s true. If your nonfiction reads flat, maybe even boringly, it could be because you’ve failed to use fiction’s liter ..read more
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How Long Does It Take to Write a Book?
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by Logan Information
2w ago
Writing a book can take a lifetime. But realistically, how long should you expect yours to take?  If you’re trying to balance a full-time job, a family, or every other priority life throws in your path, where will you find the time—and how much time do you need? Your book should serve as a way for you to say something important.  Breaking it into small chunks makes it doable.  How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. But again, where and how do you find the time for those bites?  You don’t. You can’t. You won’t find the time. You must make the time.  What does t ..read more
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How to Find Inspiration To Keep Writing Your Novel
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by Logan Information
1M ago
Writing a novel can be thrilling. You may picture an author as a wizard, magically writing page after page as if overwhelmed with inspiration. Therein lies a myth. Novelists especially must be inspired to write from their passions. Rarely is the writing itself magical, and it’s hardly EVER easy. The fact is, writing done well is work. In fact, I find it grueling, and I’ve been doing it for half a century. I’m blessed and humbled to call it my career, but I’m even on record that I don’t love writing itself. Oh, I love BEING a writer, love that I have proved I can do it, love being known for it ..read more
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Book Rejections: 3 Ways To Go From Rejection To Success
Jerry Jenkins Blog | Proven Writing Tips
by Logan Information
2M ago
A guest blog by Sarah Rexford   Book rejections are more than a dreaded aspect of traditional publishing. For many authors, they are part of the process. Have you ever wondered how many books are rejected each year?  Neil Gordon, formerly an acquisitions editor for Penguin Random House, reveals that publishers reject over 99% of submissions. If that seems mind-blowing, stay with me.  That same editor, actually helped an author—whose work he himself had rejected—land not just one, but two offers from book publishers.  What did she change in her book proposal? How did she go ..read more
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Write What You Know: Understanding this Classic Writing Advice
Jerry Jenkins Blog | Proven Writing Tips
by Logan Information
2M ago
“Write what you know” is one of the first pieces of advice many aspiring fiction writers hear when they embark on their journey to become an author. (And if you’re a nonfiction writer, stay with me.) On the one hand, the idea of writing what you know makes perfect sense. If you’ve ever read a book on a subject with which you’re wholly familiar, you knew immediately when the author moved outside their area of expertise.  On the other hand, writing what you know seems a rule often ignored. Who among us has rocketed through space or captained a pirate ship? I have not yet endured the end tim ..read more
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Crafting Realistic Characters: A Deep-Dive into Character Flaws
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
4M ago
Timeless, beloved fictional characters have flaws that make them accessible and believable. Even superheroes. And while a lead character’s flaw or weakness might be major, it doesn’t have to be. It could be a simple lack of patience or an annoying sense of self-importance. Indiana Jones had a major aversion to snakes. In short, you want flaws with which readers can identify. Such blind spots and weaknesses can do more than just round out characters and make them more realistic. They can also create depth, reveal personality, disposition, temperament,  and give your hero realistic motivati ..read more
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Writing Motivation: How to Win the Marathon of the Middle of Your Novel
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
4M ago
You’ve written your first few chapters, and you even have your killer ending planned. Then you hit the middle of your book manuscript, and all of a sudden it’s as if you’re running in sand. Most who fail at finishing their books tell me they lost their writing motivation somewhere in what I like to call the “Marathon of the Middle.” If your opener takes up approximately the first quarter of your manuscript and your ending the last quarter, the marathon comprises the middle half. Yes, it’s hard. It still is for me—every time—and I’ve been doing this for 50 years. If it were easy, anyone could d ..read more
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Popular Book Genres Explained
Jerry Jenkins Blog | Proven Writing Tips
by Logan Information
5M ago
Guest blog by Vanessa Tym Mary Shelley didn’t intend to invent a new book genre when she wrote Frankenstein in 1822 but now, over 200 years later, every library and bookstore has a science fiction section. Since the inception of categorizing literature, dating back to ancient Greece, we’ve been updating, expanding, and rethinking what genre means. So, let’s take an in-depth look at the most popular book genres. What is a Genre of a Book and How Many are There?  A genre is a category characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter found in an artistic composition. How many ..read more
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How to Build Your Author Platform
Jerry Jenkins Blog | Proven Writing Tips
by Logan Information
6M ago
Guest blog by David Loy   “You need to grow an audience.”   “You need to build an email list.”   “You need to get more followers.”   These sound like different messages, but they all point to the same foundation: You need to build an author platform. Like most aspiring writers, you might wonder: But do I really need to build a platform?  Maybe not. If you’re okay with no one ever reading your work… If you never want to make money from your writing… If your goal is to simply write for pleasure or to pass on some wisdom to your family… Then you, my friend, can ignore all ..read more
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How to Write a Compelling Redemption Arc
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
6M ago
Redemption has always been a popular theme, especially in—though not limited to—the Inspirational market. However, redemption arcs can easily fall victim to cliché or become artificial constructs designed to put a character in a good light as your story wraps up. Done wrong, they come off planted, cheap, and undeserved. However, crafted effectively, the redemption of a character can result in a most uplifting read, leaving a lasting impression on readers. What exactly is a Redemption Arc? It’s a type of character development in which your protagonist starts bad and becomes good in the end, oft ..read more
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