Category Archives: Thoughts and Observations

Writing advice I’ve taken to heart and truly believe has improved my craft.

When To TELL and Not SHOW.

We all know that in our writing that it’s been said over and over to show instead of tell. However, when is it appropriate to tell? The following article lays out just this puzzle when it comes to your story. … Continue reading

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How To Add A Red Herring Into Your Book.

Misleading your readers is one of the most powerful tools a writer has. Though there are many ways to do this, one of the most effective is the red herring. What is a red herring, you ask? The article and … Continue reading

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How To Write A Book Blurb.

I talked earlier about how to craft a great first page; you can read that here (GedwardSmithBlog.com). Now let’s talk about writing that all-important book blurb. What should it contain? What extras should you add? All these questions are answered … Continue reading

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How To Avoid First Page Mistakes.

If your potential reader likes your cover and falls for your blurb, what will come next? The all-important first page is your chance to hook a reader into laying down their cash to purchase your book. How can you avoid … Continue reading

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How To Write Larger Than Life Characters.

Bigger, better, more, and more and more and more. That’s what larger than life characters are. Hotter than hot. Colder than cold. With a depth that seems almost superhuman. Crafting characters your readers will want to jump inside of and … Continue reading

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How To Use The 3 Act Structure While Plotting Your Novel.

I’ll admit that I pantsed my first novel with little or no planning ahead and while this had its advantages the going was slow and often in reverse. So for my current book, I’ve been plotting and planning for months … Continue reading

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Tips To Build Your Author Platform.

It’s never too early or late to start building your author platform. If you have five books published or if you’re still working on the first draft of your first book building your author platform is essential to gaining readers … Continue reading

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