These three common writing mistakes can keep your first novel from realizing its full potential. Debby Hudson / Unsplash I often get two responses when I tell people that I write books. The first is, “Oh, I don't think I could ever do that!” The second is just the opposite. “You know, I had an idea for a book myself.” The truth lies somewhere in between those two thoughts. It's certainly not impossible to write a book, but it takes more than a single good idea. You can write a great scene in a day, but a novel is often a labor of deliberate love. It takes time, planning, and revisions. As a writer and an editor, I have seen many first-time authors (myself especially) struggle with the same few problems. This article highlights one issue I often see at the beginning, middle, and end of new authors' works—and how you can fix them. If you are writing your first book, these tips can improve your manuscript and help you actually finish. The Early-Book Mistake Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Make: Starting With a Bang Everyone knows that the fist few pages of a novel are important. Those pages are what you submit to literary agents, and some readers make their purchasing decisions based on those pages. You might think that means you should start with action and melodrama. Some authors have done so with success. For example, the assassin in white from chapter one of Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive […]
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