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{THEME} 5 tips for finding the right one

Finding the perfect theme for your novel is tough. For me, it usually takes days to figure out just what I want the theme of my novel to be (not to mention the plot *coughs* that’s impossible).   You might have heard me mentioning theme a ton this month in any writing updates I’ve given. I’ve spent a ton of time this January trying to narrow down the theme for Prison Zero, sharpen the theme for my short story, and…

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Why Every Writer Should Be A Beta Reader

Beta reading — I didn’t used to think about it much before I started writing seriously. (Fact About Me: I used to be jealous of the people who got to beta read my favorite books. still am. I mean, they got to read that book for free and give their opinion on it 😉 Then, last September, when I got my flash of inspiration to start spending hours a day at a keyboard (that’s how it went) I started thinking…

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What I Learned From My Alpha Reader

I recently had the experience of someone being the first to read my novel, the first to ever read my work.  In other words, I had an alpha reader. An alpha reader is the person who looks at your novel for the first time. The first set of eyes to glare at it after you. 😉 Some people have critique partners do this, or friends or family. I would suggest someone who knows you well enough to give positive but…

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