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How 2 Use Semi Colons In Writing

How To Use Semi Colons In Writing

What is a semicolon? And how do you as a novelist use it in your writing? In my topic on nuggets of writing advice, Ron Rozelle in his book on Description and Setting explains that while colons can be used in several ways, semicolons have only one function. But, according to Ron, it’s a very important function. They connect two otherwise complete sentences without resorting to conjunctions like ‘and’ or ‘then’, thus letting you avoid two unforgiveable offenses:

A Writer's Guide to the Zodiac

A Writer's Guide to the Zodiac

A Writer's Guide to the Zodiac: How the Stars Can Help You Understand Your Characters. This book is a MUST for all authors, novelists, writers, aspiring writers and self published writers!

Astrology offers writers a powerful tool - a means by which to get to know the characters in any story - how they feel, think, and what motivates them.

As the individual energies associated with the star signs are explored, each character comes alive and their destiny is revealed.

Tighten Tension With Character Dialogue

Tighten Tension With Character Dialogue

When creating dialogue for your characters Gloria Kempton in her book called Dialogue, tells aspiring novelists how to set the pace with dialogue, how to inject emotion into characters' dialogue and how to heighten the tension, also using dialogue.

Setting a mood and conveying the characters emotions through dialogue is one of the most effective ways to bring your story to life on the page. Creating dialogue that is full of a character’s fear, sadness or joy is the stuff that moves readers so that they engage with your character on an emotional level.

Foreshadowing In Your Novel

Learn how to use foreshadowing In Your Novel

Ron Rozelle tells us novelists that foreshadowing gives the reader a clue – a taste of what is to come – like a formation of geese ahead of an approaching cold front. Listen to the first sentence Ron gives us about foreshadowing a novel from Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones:

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.

Ron says that the word that is packed with foreshadowing is the verb was. Why, most readers will want to know, isn’t her name still Susie Salmon? The very next sentence answers that:

How 2 Build Believable Novel Characters

Building Believable Novel Characters

Think of Scarlett O’ Hara from Gone With The Wind or Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. They never ever lived and they’ll never die. Yet Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee made their characters so believable they became immortal.

In our special featured series on building fictional characters we are building a reference so you can create characters who think, love, hope, cry, feel pain and even inflict pain.

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