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Reference Books Fiction Writers Need
As a fiction writer, you need a few reference books to help smooth your writing into its most accessible finished state. The more polished your writing, the more willing an agent or editor will be work with you. This is because you have just made their jobs much easier.

Antihero in The Devil She Knows
The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm is a fast-paced, absorbing crime thriller, and a lot of fun to read. But more than that, it will teach you how to write a good antihero.

Dangling Participle Phrases Annoy the Readers
Dangling participle phrases are the most common grammatical mistake that I see in published fiction nowadays. Because they contain several words, they stick out like blight on the landscape. But now you can learn what a participle phrase is and how to use it correctly.

Is Self-Publishing Right For You?
Is self-publishing right for you? Now more than ever, self-publishing is uncomplicated and inexpensive, but it requires hard work. Self-publishing could be a good fit for you. When making the decision to self-publish or go with a traditional royalties-paying publisher, consider the following issues.

Gay Romance Genre Fiction
The gay romance genre is a subset of the romance fiction genre with its own unique conventions. It tends to be more sexually explicit than the male-female type of romance novel.

What is an Antihero?
What is an antihero and why do fiction readers love him? From Satan in Paradise Lost to Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry, the antihero walks the line between good and evil. He or she is a fascinating, unpredictable character.

Why Are These Women Arguing?
What do you see in this photo? Two women, right? One younger and one older. But obviously they are feeling some strong negative emotions.

How to Write an Author Bio
Regrettable author bios come in two types. First, the one that includes too many superficial details that quickly become outdated. Second, the off-putting bio that comes across badly to the readers. Keep your author bio brief and timeless.

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.

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