Writing: The Sequel

I was going to title this ‘The Joys of Writing Sequels’ but thought it a bit silly. Maybe it would imply that writing a sequel would be easier than writing the first story, when that’s usually not the case.

I’ve often heard it said about film trilogies that the second one always sucks. But does that apply to novels? Is Book Two always going to be doomed???

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Rewriting: A Summer Struggle

As a writer–or any other sort of artist–it is important to be critical of your own work. I like how we can be confident sometimes and believe our first drafts are worthy of Pulitzer Prizes.

But let’s come back down to earth and realize that masterpieces aren’t written in an hour, maybe not even a year. It’s alright to look at your work through a different lens and point out some flaws.

When it comes to writing, rewriting is sort of a requirement.

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My First Novel, The Gods Defense!

A reblog for today, and a book recommendation too! Support fellow authors!

Author Amie Gibbons

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My first novel, The Gods Defense, is new today!

In a world of magic, even gods have something to fear.

When the gods woke and brought magic back to the world, society held it together. Sure, now people suddenly have powers, plants can talk and the laws have to change to accommodate magic, but the world goes on… at least until the reason the gods went to sleep in the first place comes around.

Prosecutor Cassandra Berry isn’t a fan of the gods gathering naïve people into their new religions (cults) and doesn’t like that they won’t tell people why they’ve been asleep for thousands of years, but her latest assault case has hit a wall.

The defendant is claiming the new “Gods Defense,” that Dionysus made him do it, and the judge is actually allowing it! Cassandra knows Dionysus will ignore a subpoena and pulls the only string…

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Narration & Tense

Who tells your story important. We understand that you–the author–wrote it, but who have you chosen to tell it?

This might be repetitive to some writers because we deal with narration all the time. But maybe we overlook our narrator, or maybe we don’t realize it can be a deciding factor for a reader.

Consider this a refresher course on narration techniques. This includes narrators as well as tenses! Sounds like fun, right?

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