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Revising Your Novel: Beware, Your Research Is Showing

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.29.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

As someone who holds a doctorate in sociology, Barbara Shapiro is an avid reader and researcher; fortunately, she also has a writing group that critiques her work and is always poised to shout: "Your research is showing!"

Revising Your Novel: Is Back Story Clogging Your Narrative Flow?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Keep the back story sparse and sprinkle it throughout your book instead of front loading. That way, your narrative tension will be tight instead of slack, and your reader will be drawn forward by wanting to know the story behind the story.