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Maris Soule | · 6d ago

A Novel is not a Soapbox

I’ve heard, and believe, that a novel of fiction can get a message across better than a non-fiction book. Why? For one thing, many people won’t/don’t pick up non-fiction books that deal with...
Maris Soule | · 1W ago

Is That Really Necessary?

I’ve been reading and critiquing some unpublished chapters lately, and I’ve come across two common errors that many new writers make. Telling too much The first mistake is when the writer in...
Maris Soule | · 2W ago

More Suggestions Re: Editors

Last week, in my blog, I asked others to suggest ways writers might find freelance editors. Here are the suggestions I received: Susan Oleksiw said: I’d include the National Writers Union an...
Maris Soule | · 3W ago

How Do You Find An Editor?

I recently had another writer ask me how to find a freelance editor. I decided that would be a good topic for this blog. Although most of my blog readers are published or already belong to w...
Maris Soule | · 1M ago

Story Structure

Remember, there are no absolute rules in writing. Note, I said ABSOLUTE. We do have grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules, but these are broken everyday by writers who want to show someth...
Maris Soule | · 1M ago

Painting with Words

I majored in art, so it’s natural for me to compare painting a picture to writing a book. The artist uses color, along with shapes and lines, to create a picture. Writers use words. When sta...
Maris Soule | · 1M ago

Why Hire an Editor?

“I’m going to self-publish because  don’t want anyone changing what I’ve written!” I cringe when I hear a writer say that. Maybe the published book will be “clean” (no typos, misspellings, o...
Maris Soule | · 1M ago

How Do I Find An Agent?

How do I find an agent? In the last month I’ve had two people ask me that question. I think they wanted a short, easy answer (the secret). They looked disappointed when I start talking about...
Maris Soule | · 2M ago

To Prologue or Not

During a writers’ meeting the topic of prologues came up. One writer wondered if he should use a prologue for his story. I immediately said “No, don’t do it.” Another writer questioned that,...
Maris Soule | · 2M ago

Feedback from Readers

All writers that I know love feedback: about their books, short stories, blogs, websites, etc. It not only feeds our egos (if it’s positive feedback), it helps us know what works or doesn’t ...