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How to Write a Novel This Year: 10 Free How-To Articles

Writing Desk - how to write a novel

Do you have questions about writing a novel? Here are the answers.

Something like 92% of all New Year’s resolutions are doomed to failure. If one of your goals is to write a novel this year, don’t let yourself become a statistic. Find out the answers to your questions and learn how to write your book.

Since I joined the powerhouse faculty at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, I’ve written a monthly how-to guide for writing fiction. If you’re looking for some writing inspiration or technique, you could do worse than checking out some of my favorite articles: Continue reading

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“Toss it in your pool bag.” –That’s What I’m Talking About

That's What I'm Talking About

Apparently, That’s What I’m Talking About is talking about that book I wrote.

Need a good summertime read? Who doesn’t?

I honestly never thought about reading It Happened One Doomsday poolside, but that’s the verdict from book review site That’s What I’m Talking About.

They especially liked the main character, Dru:

“She was entirely genuine and charmingly unaware of her own talents. Dru is also innately charitable, unable to help herself from helping others. It’s a pleasant change in a main character. She shares an unexpected bond with a mechanic, Greyson, who is turning into a demon because of his cursed car.”

What’s all the buzz about? Find out for yourself! Read a fun snippet from the book right on their website. Click here. >

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The Short, Sad Saga of Mississippi Jones

Don't eat me!

Scary. Freakin’. Fish. That is all. Move along.

Some names stick with us.

Bridget Jones, Holden Caulfield, Nero Wolfe — these names are all indelibly stamped into our literary consciousness.

Those names are evocative. Memorable. Unique.

Some writers are incredibly good at coming up with names.

I am not one of them.

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Top 3 Questions of Aspiring Writers

Thriller Author Interview

with Yours Truly

I’m always happy to answer questions from aspiring authors. This week, I got some tricky ones:

Q: How do you know when to end one chapter and start the next chapter?

A: You end a chapter as soon as the lead character either achieves their goal or fails.

The best place to end a chapter is immediately after you raise a new question in the reader’s mind. The desire to answer that question will make them turn the page. Continue reading

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My Dinner with Satan

Dinner with Satan ... or is it Seitan?

It’s pronounced SAY-TAHN. Yeah, it is.

I recently discovered, much to my dismay, that I had eaten Satan for dinner.

This is a true story. Allow me to explain.

In the midst of a snowstorm, my wife and I decided to try a new restaurant.

We ended up at a brightly lit, very mod, hipster-friendly place that put an emphasis on fresh food.

Hey, I’m cool. I love fresh food.

But what landed on my table bore no resemblance, by any stretch of imagination, to the gyro I had ordered. Continue reading

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The Art of Getting Things Done

Sun Tzu Ruined My Life

Don’t make them get medieval on you!

Sun Tzu ruined my life.

Don’t get me wrong, “The Art of War” contains some gems of insight for anyone engaged in a difficult struggle, like running a business.

(Or fighting a war with chariots and spears.)

But the problem is that Sun Tzu puts a great deal of emphasis on lightning-fast strikes intended to leave the enemy off-balance and lead to a swift victory. He recommends avoiding a prolonged conflict at all costs.

And he makes some good points.

But sometimes, you can only win the battle — or write a book — with a slow and steady application of force.

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2013 Litquake Winner! The Case of the Mummy’s Secret

Urban Fantasy Short Story Winners

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I’m so proud to announce that my fun-size urban fantasy short story, featuring sassy noir detective Jazzy St. Clare, is a winner! Thanks to everyone who has read my Jazzy stories — more than 1,000 of you so far!

To celebrate, I’m giving away this story for the rest of the month — so you can enjoy The Case of the Mummy’s Secret absolutely free.

All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter at www.LaurenceMacNaughton.com. And I’ll email the story to you lickety-split.

(Even easier: just click here to join.)

Also, I want to give a shout-out to the fine folks at Booktrack.com for making it so easy to discover new stories and new authors in an amazing cinematic way, with music and sound effects. I love it.

In fact, you can listen to The Case of the Mummy’s Secret right now, live on Booktrack. Just click here.

Also, don’t miss The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf, and the free sample of Conspiracy of Angels.

Do you like urban-fantasy short-shorts? Or do you prefer longer stories? Let me know what you think!

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Shh! Don’t tell my wife — Jazzy’s back!

The Case of the Mummy's Secret by Laurence MacNaughtonPrivate detective Jazzy St. Clare is back, saving the noir streets of 1947 New York from another supernatural menace in The Case of the Mummy’s Secret.” (Click here to read it — and HEAR it — free.)

Just don’t tell my wife, because I’m supposed to finish my new novel before I write any more Jazzy stories.

But I couldn’t resist. After “The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf” zoomed up the charts to land on the front page of Booktrack.com, I just had to bring Jazzy back for another frightful mystery. And in just two short days, over 250 readers have already read it. (Thank you!)

Check it out. It’s spooky, it’s funny, and best of all … it’s free. You can read along with cinematic music and sound effects for free on Booktrack.com right now.

What do you think about Booktrack?

Reading ebooks with sound effects and music:

Too weird? Or too cool?

Let me know your thoughts!

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