Writing in Third-Person Point of View
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
3d ago
What is Third-Person Point of View?  Do you wonder, as so many budding writers do, how to master Point of View? Third-person point of view is most common in storytelling—and with good reason. While first-person may be the easiest POV for readers to understand, because that makes it easier to avoid head hopping, third-person is one you want to learn to grasp and effectively employ. In third-person you refer to your characters by their names or as he/she and him/her. Subsets of third-person POV are called third-person limited and third-person omniscient. Third-Person Limited Limited to what ..read more
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15 Common Themes in Literature
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
2w ago
If you’re like most people, the last time you discussed Literary Themes was in high school English class. Perhaps you discussed the Theme of death in one of Edgar Allen Poe’s many short stories, or picked apart the use of shame in The Scarlet Letter. Or maybe, like many, you were lost when finding the Theme of a story. Understanding the importance of Themes can elevate your writing. Without a Theme, your story might be interesting but it won’t carry a deeper meaning. If you struggle with how to strike a balance between your Theme being too obvious and too vague, you’re not alone. Let me try to ..read more
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100+ Creative Writing Prompts to Hone Your Skills
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
2M ago
How do you become a better athlete, musician, scholar—or anything? You know. Practice.  You run drills, play scales, review flashcards, whatever it takes. So how do you become a better writer? Speaking only for myself, I feel I get better by exercising my writing muscles. In other words, I write. Many of my colleagues swear by using writing prompts, believing these can help sharpen their skills and get their creative juices flowing. Full disclosure: I’ve never felt the need for writing prompts. I don’t need to be prompted to write by anything but my ideas for stories or nonfiction subject ..read more
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Rising Action: Definition and Examples
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
2M ago
To make your reader feel they can’t put down your novel, make sure everything your main character does to get out of his terrible trouble makes it only progressively worse, until everything appears hopeless. Such obstacles and failures making things worse — with the emphasis on progressively — is the very definition of Rising Action. Without it, you risk losing your reader after just a couple chapters. This article will serve as your handy guide to Rising Action — what it is, how it fits into your story, and examples of the best. What is Rising Action? It’s what builds tension, raises the stak ..read more
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How to Write Flash Fiction: 5 Tips for Writing Short Short Stories
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
1y ago
Imagine a short story, then make it even shorter. That’s flash fiction. Short stories run anywhere between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Flash fiction stories run up to 1,500 words — but often much shorter. Usually up to 500 words. If you get down to 100 words or fewer, that’s micro fiction. Flash fiction contests tempt new writers. After all, writing 500 words sounds a lot less daunting than 5,000. But if you’re a brand new writer, flash fiction may not be for you. It takes skill to condense a story that much. If you’re more experienced, flash fiction can be a great way to experiment with new story ..read more
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How to Format a Manuscript for Self-publishing
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
1y ago
Guest Post by Dave Chesson It can seem complicated to format a manuscript for self-publishing, but with the right software and formatting knowledge, it’s not as difficult as you may think. In this article, I’ll provide you with the know-how to properly format your manuscript for printing or ebook publication. You’ll also learn which software programs are best to help you through the process. Why is Book Formatting Important? Because you want the words and images to make a cohesive unit. Otherwise, the finished project will look unprofessional, resulting in poor sales and bad reviews. Good form ..read more
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The Hemingway Editor: What is it and Can it Improve Your Writing?
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
1y ago
Guest Post by Tami Nantz If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, it’s imperative you become what Jerry calls a ferocious self-editor. There’s no way around it. Little irritates an agent or a publisher’s acquisitions editor more than having their time wasted by a writer who doesn’t edit and revise his own work before submitting it for consideration. Given the vast array of training and resources for doing just that, now available on the internet, there’s no excuse. You don’t have to be an English grammar expert to write well — but you do have to know how to self-edit. It takes work and p ..read more
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The Hemingway App: What is it and Can it Improve Your Writing?
Jerry Jenkins Blog | Proven Writing Tips
by Jerry B. Jenkins
1y ago
Guest Post by Tami Nantz If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, it’s imperative you become what Jerry calls a ferocious self editor. There’s no way around it. Little irritates an agent or a publisher’s acquisitions editor more than having their time wasted by a writer who doesn’t edit and revise his own work before submitting it for consideration. Given the vast array of training and resources for doing just that, now available on the internet, there’s no excuse. You don’t have to be an English grammar expert to write well — but you do have to know how to self-edit. It takes work and p ..read more
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How to Research a Nonfiction Book: 5 Tips for Writers
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
1y ago
That you’ve landed here tells me you have a message you want to share in a book. You’re eager to start writing, but you first need to conduct some research. Problem is, you’re not sure how to research for a nonfiction book. You may even wonder whether research is all that important. You may be an excellent writer, but even a small factual mistake can cost you the credibility of your readers. Over the last nearly half century, I’ve written 200 books, 21 of them New York Times bestsellers. So I ought to be able to write a book on my area of expertise — writing and publishing — based on my experi ..read more
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What is an Antivillain? How to Write a Complex Bad Guy
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by Jerry B. Jenkins
1y ago
Too many novelists create a villain who does bad things because he’s the bad guy. He might as well appear in a melodrama, wearing a black hat and a cape while twirling his handlebar mustache. But a melodramatic villain is a cliché by definition — predictable, unrealistic, and there just for fun. Hissing at the bad guy when he comes on stage may add merriment, but in serious fiction such characters don’t work. Creating a realistic, believable villain requires subtlety and genuine motivation. Enter the character with actions so subtle readers may not even know he’s the villain until he reveals h ..read more
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