J.A. Stinger

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HOW TO SHARPEN THE FIRST SENTENCE IN EVERY CHAPTER

We all know that the first sentence or two in a novel needs to, not only grab a reader’s attention, but flip them out of bed, melt them into their recliners, or make them forget the lasagna in the oven.

Like you, I’ve written so many first lines for my novels, I could add them up and the page count would be the same as the novel itself.

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Production of Ebooks: 6 Ways to Make Your Self-published Ebook More Accessible to More Readers #wrtr2wrtr #RRBC #IARTG

Indie author and ALLi Advice Centre editor Debbie Young explains how to reach more readers with your ebooks by making them more accessible to the print-disabled, i.e. those who have trouble reading conventional books due to visual or other physical disabilities.

These six quick and easy tips will help you avoid classic rookie formatting errors that make ebooks difficult or impossible for a significant proportion of potential readers around the world. They’re all simple to understand and implement, and there’s no good reason NOT to do them, so do yourself and your books a favour and get into the habit of using them all!

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10 eye-opening tips to add impact to your storytelling #AuthorTips #Wrtr2wrtr

When I work with a writer on their first serious novel manuscript, there are certain aspects they usually get right on instinct alone. There’s the content – a believable story world, characters with solid backgrounds and stuff to do. They usually write fluently too. But there are other, more hidden levels of craft that they usually haven’t noticed in good books, but will make an immense difference to the quality of their work. So here are a few.

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How to write a romantic novel for all genre lovers #wrtr2wrtr #amwriting

There are many reasons to learn how to write a romantic novel. For one, Romance remains an extremely popular and even lucrative genre. In 2015, the Romance Writers of America shared statistics showing that romance books bring publishers and indie authors over $1.08 billion in sales annually. Here are 5 tips for writing a romantic book that will appeal to lovers of all genres:

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7 WAYS TO WRITE VISUALLY (WITHOUT DESCRIBING EVERYTHING) #amwriting #wrtr2wrtr

The world is pretty visual, but I’m not. Despite my insistence that, if I had to choose, I’d rather lose my hearing than my sight, I’ve never been able to work in a visual way. My mother is an artist and Boyfriend is a filmmaker, and I admire the crap out of them for their talent even more so than I ordinarily would because they work in ways I just cannot understand.

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Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Story Structure

Part 7 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel

I talk a lot about how important story structure is. But let’s be honest. Story structure is a complicated beast. Few stories ace every single beat to perfection every single time. I’ve read (and watched) incredible stories that were incredible in spite of the fact they were working off a sometimes wobbly narrative structure.

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Heinlein's Rules #amwriting #writingimprovement #wrtr2wrtr

There are countless rules for writing success, but the most famous ones, at least in the science-fiction field, are the five coined by the late, great Robert A. Heinlein.

Heinlein used to say he had no qualms about giving away these rules, even though they explained how you could become his direct competitor, because he knew that almost no one would follow their advice.

In my experience, that's true: if you start off with a hundred people who say they want to be writers, you lose half of the remaining total after each rule — fully half the people who hear each rule will fail to follow it.

I'm going to share Heinlein's five rules with you, plus add a sixth of my own.

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