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      • David Harder David Harder 5 months ago
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      • In addition to joining the Guild with Jerry Jenkins, I also belong to a local Word Weavers writers group. I've also complimented these two with several good books on writing. When I look over my writing, I can see a tremendous shift in style and format. I attribute it to what I've learned through these efforts.
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    • AllAuthor AllAuthor 5 months ago
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    • Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
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      • David Harder David Harder 5 months ago
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      • Absolutely! When chosen from our own history, events we've experienced and woven into a story brings realistic life, especially dialogue to the manuscript.
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      • David Harder David Harder 5 months ago
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      • Several elements are important for any good story, no matter the genre. First, the story needs to be engaging with the reader--to the point that the reader becomes a partner. Second, read-ability. I often will read my stories aloud and record them. When I play them back, I hear things I completely missed when writing. Sentences I stumble over are quickly changed to make the story flow. Third, the story need to pull the reader forward. They must be left wanting when they finish a page, enough to compel them to read further or they might miss something. Fourth, the technical issues are critical, especially for readers who take pride in finding errors--and believe me, they will find them! And finally fifth, and something I recently started to develop in my own stories, the writer needs to develop a pace to the whole book. Start with an event and then start building the tension through the whole story. Bring the resolution nearly towards the end.
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    • AllAuthor AllAuthor 5 months ago
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    • Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
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      • David Harder David Harder 5 months ago
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      • It's okay to take a break--you're not a failure to pause for a few days or even weeks. Often, I spend the time editing or I might even start a page or chapter on a new book that crept into my mind. Like all talents and pursuits, attention to consistent exercise is important. I also read books from other authors, making note when I spot style or methods I want to incorporate into my own.
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