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3 Tips for Writing a Novel

“You can’t write a novel all at once, any more than you can swallow a whale in one gulp.” – Orson Scott Card

Have you always wanted to write a novel? Planning to write a long work of fiction is the perfect time to craft the story you’ve always wanted to read. What are your favorite parts of the novels you love and how would you make them better? Now is your opportunity to craft a masterpiece. Here are 3 novel writing tips to help make your idea a bestseller!

Photo Courtesy of: Chris

Photo Courtesy of: Chris

3 Novel Writing Tips

  1. Know Your Characters

One of the best novel writing tips is to know your characters and outline who they are as much as possible. You should create entire lives and personalities for them to make it easier for the readers to relate and care about them. Don’t give your readers a biographical profile of them, though. Use descriptive words to show how characters feel.

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How to Write a Mystery Novel

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” – Ernest Hemingway

As a writer, if you know how to write a mystery novel, you can add to the diversity of your work. Reading a lot of mysteries can help you learn how to write one because most follow a specific formula. Here are 3 major elements to include when writing a mystery novel.

 Photo Courtesy of: Karoly Czifra

Photo Courtesy of: Karoly Czifra

Writing a Mystery Novel: 3 Things to Include

  1. The Crime

Start by mapping out the crime exactly as it happened, from start to finish. Imagine the characters involved and their emotions as the crime occurred. What does the crime scene look like? What time of day is it? Exactly how was the crime committed? This will help to make it as believable as possible when you craft the story. It will also help you “show” instead of “tell” your readers, which is important when writing a mystery novel.

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How to Write a Love Story

Everyone loves a great love story. But as a writer, how do you craft a story that is so real, it could have taken place in life? Some writing critics say that writing a love story today is harder than it was for Shakespeare because it was easier for obstacles to be placed between two star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare’s time due to rigid class distinctions. We may have less class-based obstacles in our society today, but writers can still place plenty of obstacles between two characters in the modern age and create a captivating love story. Here is how to write a love story using 4 essential elements.


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4 Steps to Writing a Love Story

1. Start an Adventure

Create a world (or two!) in which your characters will live. Dream up lots of details for your characters to interact with including the environment, time period and weather. Take time outside and observe the world around you. Imagine as if you were the main character, longing to meet your true love. What details would you be paying attention to?

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Famous FBI Cases – 3 Notorious Criminals

I love a good mystery! Some of the most famous crimes of all time were tackled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, commonly known as the FBI. Mystery, romance and power hungry criminals are some of the leading characters in the true stories that make up a few of the most famous cases in FBI history – and have been turned into bestselling books!

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Here are 3 of the most notorious criminal stories.

1. Kids & Crime: The image of a criminal usually doesn’t include a fresh-faced child or teenager, but some kids are among of the most infamous criminals chased by the FBI. The international criminal was known as the “Barefoot Bandit” was actually a 19 year-old named Colton Harris-Moore. The teenager was captured in 2010 after allegedly committing several crimes including trespassing and airplane theft. Harris-Moore’s adventures were immortalized in the 2012 book, “The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw,” by Bob Friel.

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[Audiobook teaser] “The Shaman and The Mafia”, Chapter 1

Watch out for the upcoming release of THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA audio book. In preparation for its release, I’m proud to share with you all a sneak peek.

Presenting Chapter 1 of THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA, wonderfully narrated by Will Kennedy.

Enjoy! xo Liz

[Audio] Episode 01

It’s rather exciting speaking to each and every one of you as it involves my most recent crime/romance novel–  THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA.  Personally I’ve always wanted to speak to authors whose book’s I’ve read, to know where they are coming from, what they do all day and how they live?  Most of all, how do authors come up with all their ideas being translated into fiction and non-fiction books.

I had not written books for several years. And I thought my days of writing were basically over, until one early morning when I popped out of bed, near tripped over my dog, Sir Winston, and hurried to my computer. For the next year I began writing in a free flowing style just for the sheer joy of creating fascinating fiction characters going in all kinds of winding directions.

When this creative adventure was done, it was then that I made the decision to publish THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA book and this other process took a while. As you might surmise, I do have more going on in my life in addition to writing. Through the years all of my books have been written for you the readers, to enjoy and ponder, and to share this novel with your friends. The purpose of my website is to provide you with an interactive source of information and of communicating through the discussion board, videos, and audios. I want you to enjoy the book’s video book trailer.

Being an author continues is an astonishing learning process. The entire adventure of launching THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA into a world of digital, electronic technology, and the social media that is constantly changing will always be challenging and exhilarating.

Enjoy THE SHAMAN AND THE MAFIA, and also it’s book video trailer. In the months ahead I will share more with you, and response to your comments on the discussion blog.

Be good to yourself—-Elizabeth

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