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The start and the end are mere bookends to the body of the story. The body of the story is where characters develop and plot and events unfold. That said a good start can hook a read and a good end can leave them satisfied and wanting more. So assuming that you find the opening and the close where your creativity is strongest go with that. Plan the journey ...


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With the middle of a book, the best considered method is small rises of tension followed by a slight drop (to allow your reader to recover). To use a driving analogy, the beginning of your book is getting in the car and starting the engine, the end is arriving at your destination but it's the middle part that's actually the journey. It could be a simple ...


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It is time for the dreaded lists. Lists are a valuable tool in building a complicated project. Specifically I would make lists of unresolved plot points already in the narrative, plot points to be put in the narrative, order of events, and minor characters. The minor characters does not directly help your situation, but I find it very helpful (assuming you ...


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The Elements of Fiction Writing series, published by Writers Digest Books, has some great books to help with this. Those that would apply here are: Plot Beginnings, Middles, & Ends Scene & Structure


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To find out what publishers are looking for it is best to visit the Submission Guidelines on their website, or visit www.writersmarket.com. There is a list of magazines, book publishers, literary agents, ect. and all state what they are looking for. For those that are looking for poetry, they will tell you what form of poetry they are looking for. You can ...


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The general trend in poetry over the last hundred years has clearly been towards the increasing dominance of free verse. However, I don't see any point in trend-chasing when it comes to poetry. Most poems that make it into print are either in self-published chapbooks, or from tiny boutique presses that publish for the love of poetry, not for profit. Given ...



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