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comment Do you use the word “that” too much?
This is really two questions: How do you really know when you need "that"? and Do you have any words you overuse? The former is probably better asked on the English Language and Usage site. The latter might be better phrased as a general question rather than a poll. How about "How do I avoid overusing certain words?"
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answered The “Rules” of Writing
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asked The “Rules” of Writing
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answered Do you use the word “that” too much?
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answered Any Technique to See if Your Idea is Original?
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revised I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
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comment Do you always revise your stories or do you sometimes move on?
This is a very important point. It's easy to become too close to a story. Let it sit for a few days, weeks (even months for something like a novel). Sometimes even really obvious problems are hard to see until you've stepped away for a while.
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revised Do Novels follow a 3 Act/2 Plot Point structure like most Movie Scripts?
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revised Do you always revise your stories or do you sometimes move on?
practicing my editing
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answered Do you always revise your stories or do you sometimes move on?
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answered Do Novels follow a 3 Act/2 Plot Point structure like most Movie Scripts?
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comment Do you always revise your stories or do you sometimes move on?
This is currently worded like a poll. Perhaps it would be better to ask something like "Is it worth revising a story you don't intend to publish?"
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
The one potential downside I could see with trying to get some sales through self-publishing is that if the book sells poorly, it may make publishers more hesitant to take it on than they otherwise would be.
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
After thinking a bit, I guess there are a couple fiction authors with "platform" of a sort. Cory Doctrow has no doubt sold plenty of books to readers of BoingBoing, for example.
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
I think this route, while still quite challenging, is much more viable for non-fiction authors. Seth is successful because he lives, breathes, and eats Marketing. He has a huge platform to sell his future books from because he is known for this - through his web presence, through his numerous previous books (published traditionally) and through his many seminars, workshops and talks. I'm not even sure how one would go about building up a platform like that as a fiction author.
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answered How can you submit your writings internationally?
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comment What are good reads about writing?
+1 for Characters and Viewpoint by OSC. Mandatory reading.
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comment What are good reads about writing?
+1 for Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. It's informative, fun, and sadly not well known.
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comment What is a normal length for a chapter?
+1 - This sort of analysis is much more useful than looking at average chapter sizes in contemporary books. There are "beats" between sentences, between paragraphs, and between chapters or sections. The length of each of these pieces of the story can drive the pacing.