April 7th, 2014

A Synopsis Checklist

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by Shannon Donnelly

Years ago I was struggling to try and figure out how to write a synopsis. It took a lot of input from other writers, and some workshops, but I finally became comfortable with syopsis writing—and now it’s one of my favorite tools.… Read the post

March 3rd, 2014

10 Dialogue Tips To Make Your Novel Shine

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Writing Craft

Dialogue_PhotopinBy Shannon Donnelly

Great dialogue can make or break a novel.

This view may stem from growing up watching a lot of 1930’s screwball comedies. Zingers fly with rapid fire and everyone talks. A lot. But the importance of dialogue really sank in when I wrote A Proper Mistress.… Read the post

November 4th, 2013

Why Writerly Words Are Not Your Friend

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Writing Craft

by Shannon Donnelly

“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it 'got boring,' the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”Read the post


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