September 1st, 2021

5 Ways Your Story Hurts Your Novel

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Janice Hardy | Writing Craft

By Janice Hardy (@Janice_Hardy)

When your technical writing skills are at a professional level, but you're still not getting bites from agents, editors (or readers if you self-publish), it's time to look at the story itself.

One of the more frustrating aspects of being an author is the sheer unfairness of publishing.… Read the post

July 7th, 2021

5 Steps to Creating a Unique Character Voice

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Janice Hardy | Writing Craft

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Create unique character voices by varying how they communicate with other characters.

I’m one of those writers who needs to put my characters through a first draft before I figure out who they really are. Tossing them into trouble and watching how they wrangle their way out of it helps me get to know them.… Read the post

March 3rd, 2021

Does Your Novel Have a Problem? (It Should)

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Janice Hardy | Writing Craft

By Janice Hardy (@Janice_Hardy)

I’ve always been drawn to writing science fiction and fantasy, which means that I’ve written a lot of first drafts based on “cool ideas” but no real conflict. Sure, I had a sense of what the problems were, and maybe even a few key scenes unfolding in my mind, but the books were about the idea, not characters with specific problems. … Read the post


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