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Tu B’ Shevat: Birthday of the Trees!

When God first breathed life into the first human being, the first responsibility he gave that man was to take care of the earth. God gave Adam plants and trees to tend, and animals as companions, before the creation of the first woman (Genesis 2:15-22). Before allowing the earth to be populated by humans, God made sure man understood it was his responsibility to nurture and protect the earth for the coming generations.

FAQs on Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction

If you write fiction, you want to bookmark this blog for reference. And if you don’t find the answers you need here, feel free to ask your questions in the comment section, and I will answer.

How to Write Better Dialogue

Each of your characters should say what only that particular character would say, if he had all day to think about it first. A great example of this rule is the TV show M*A*S*H…

It’s time to start crocheting slippers!

Woohoo! Last week, I turned off the air conditioner and opened the windows. I love Florida winters. We get sunshine and cool breezes, and all the birds from up north to eat up our mosquitoes. Today my grown daughter and I sat out on the front porch to enjoy the… Continue Reading “It’s time to start crocheting slippers!”

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 6: Point of View

Point of view (POV) bungling is the most common tell of a newbie writer, and easier to avoid than to fix. POV errors can mean the difference between an agent or editor reading your work, or tossing it into the slush pile for an automatic rejection.

Following My Bliss into 2016

Reflecting on the past year in my glass-half-empty way, I gave a nod to all the happy events with a smile, then replayed and agonized over every misstep, mistake, and misunderstanding. That’s healthy, right?

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 5: Timeline

Yes, readers will notice timeline issues. And they will look things up for accuracy. They’ll either be impressed with your attention to details, or impressed by their own ability to prove the writer made mistakes. Your choice.

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 4: Characters

If you dutifully listed every character in your scene descriptions, you can easily skim your descriptions to find every appearance of any character. If you didn’t add every character to your scene descriptions, you can…

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 3: Subplot and Digression

Think of subplots as the bridesmaids at a wedding. Dress them up and put them in their places, but the party is not about them.

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 2: Plot Structure

Whether you outline from the start or write by the seat of your pants, when your novel is finished, it should be outlineable.

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A personal blog by John Parsons, author of the Hebrew for Christians web site.

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