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Hook The Readers Through Character Emotion
If you are writing a novel that feels flat and boring, you will need to rewrite to go deeper into what is at stake for your viewpoint character. The stronger his emotion, the more interesting the story. We readers can all relate to needing something.

Beware the Mary Sue Character
The Mary Sue character reads like a too-perfect version of the author. With no faults, she has no depth or complexity, and therefore no story worth caring about. She drags down the strongest plot, but if you know her characteristics, you can transform her into someone real on the rewrite.

Different Sample Blurbs for Star Wars
Your blurb should introduce the hero, his world, and his big problem without revealing major plot points. Use word choice and writing style to convey the story's genre and overall feel. Here are five examples of blurbs for Star Wars written as a space opera, a comedy, a romance, and a thriller.

Good Luck Changing That Author Bio
When you write your author bio for the first time just before your book gets published, you might be so overwhelmed with excitement or exhaustion that you dash off a paragraph without giving it sufficient thought. But you may regret this later when your bio proves hard to change.

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Write an Accurate Fiction Blurb
Your blurb should avoid major plot spoilers and remain succinct while conveying a tantalizing glimpse of your hero, his world, and his big problem. You must also clarify your story’s genre and overall feel.

Writing the Blurb and the Synopsis
Fiction writers who wish to publish must learn to write a blurb and a synopsis. Both can be challenging to create, but it helps to understand their vastly different requirements and purposes. Composing blurb and synopsis can give you a deeper understanding of your fiction project.

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