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At The Heart of All Writing

Pub Date: Aug 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR At The Heart of All Writing By Susan Malone August 2001 We've been talking over the last few months about the nuts and bolts of writing: characterization, starting and finishing a novel, plotting Read more »

Finding Your Hero

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Finding Your Hero By Susan Malone July 2001 One of the biggest areas of confusion I see in novels concerns the Protagonist, or hero of the story.  I'm going to use these terms interchangeable, Read more »

Writing a Book That Sells

Pub Date: Jun 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Writing a Book That Sells By Susan Malone June 2001 Writing a book that sells. That's the aim of all writers, no? It provides a constant topic at writer's conferences, but what, in fact, Read more »

What’s Your Motivation?

Pub Date: May 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR What's Your Motivation? By Susan Malone May 2001 We talked last month about the misconceptions many (if not most) folks have about writing, and what it means to be a "writer" versus an "author.&quot Read more »

Real Writer Vs Pretender

Pub Date: Apr 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Real Writer Vs Pretender By Susan Malone April 2001 We've talked before about how the perception in this country that anyone can write a book.  Part of which is of course true–anyone can now, Read more »

Editorial Double Standards

Pub Date: Feb 1, 2001 | Columnist: Michael Garrett

How many best-selling novels have you read whose writing appeared inferior to yours? EDITORIAL DOUBLE STANDARDS By Michael Garrett Internationally Published Author, Editor and Book Doctor February, 2001 . . .beautiful writing isn't a pre-requisite for publication. How many best-selling novels have you read whose writing you judged inferior to your own? Quite a few, I’d Read more »

What Makes an Effective Plot

Pub Date: Feb 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR What Makes an Effective Plot By Susan Malone February 2001 We talked last month about how to begin a novel, so let's continue on with what makes an effective Plot, and how to keep Read more »

How to Begin a Novel

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR How to Begin a Novel By Susan Malone January 2001 Last month we talked some about characterization, and now let's turn to plot. Specifically, let's focus on how to successfully begin a novel. Isn't Read more »

In Search Of That Mysterious Element Called “Voice”

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2000 | Columnist: Doris Booth

In Search Of That Mysterious Element Called "Voice" Editors and agents often say that what they seek in a publishable manuscript is a “unique voice.” Voice may be the single most important element in closing a sale, and a story without it can quickly beget rejection. So what is this elusive thing called “voice?” Voice Read more »

Making Characters Come Alive on the Page

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Making Characters Come Alive on the Page By Susan Malone December, 2000 A truism runs through this business about which most agents and editors, behind closed doors, will agree: Books by men have sketchy characters, Read more »