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Advice on Character Development

For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real. The early feedback I got from…See More
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Advice on Character Development

For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real. The early feedback I got from…See More
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Twelve Things You Can Do to Help Promote Your Book

I get that marketing is a foreign language to many authors, and even those who are familiar with it don't usually enjoy it. But if you want people who aren't your friends and family to buy your book, it's something you simply have to do.If right now you're saying to yourself, I want to kick-start my marketing campaign, but what specifically should I do?, here are some suggestions--some broad and some granular--that should get you going:Create or update your …See More
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Who I am:
I'm a best-selling author and keynote speaker, and I also provide consulting services to aspiring and/or published authors.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.mariamurnane.com
@mariamurnane.com
www.mariamurnane.com/blog
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I'm the author of the Waverly books (Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy Lane and Katwalk.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I'm a paid blogger for CreateSpace -- I began as a self-published author but got picked up by a traditional publisher after a year of doing a lot of creative marketing for my first novel, so I share what I've learned about book marketing and about writing in general.
My writing is:
Fiction
Services I offer to other writers:
On my website I have two on-demand webinars for sale:

1) How to get published: learn the secrets to getting your book into print...and mistakes to avoid along the way

2) How to market a book: smart, creative advice for getting the word to the right ears

Both are available at www.mariamurnane.com
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy Wicoff

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Advice on Character Development

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 8:30am 3 Comments

For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real.…

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Twelve Things You Can Do to Help Promote Your Book

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments

I get that marketing is a foreign language to many authors, and even those who are familiar with it don't usually enjoy it. But if you want people who aren't your friends and family to buy your book, it's something you simply have to do.

If right now you're saying to yourself, I want to kick-start my marketing campaign, but what specifically should I do?, here are some suggestions--some broad and some granular--that should get you going:

  • Create or update your …
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Writing Tip: A Little Detail Can Make a Big Impression

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 9:59am 0 Comments

In the past I've blogged about how giving your characters quirks helps make them seem like real people. The same can be said for peppering your manuscript with the occasional detail. Adding descriptive nuggets such as colors, sounds or smells enriches the picture forming in your readers' minds, which draws them into the story. And that's exactly what you want to happen--you want your readers to…

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Common Word Mix-ups

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 7:59am 0 Comments

Today I'd like to give a little refresher course on two sets of similar words that can be a little tricky. Here we go:

 

Imply vs. Infer

 

To imply means to suggest or indicate something without actually saying so:

  • After David tasted the wine, the look on his face implied that he didn't like it.
  • The tone of Gloria's voice implied that she was upset with David's decision to leave the party…
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At 8:50am on February 10, 2012, Diane O'Connell said…

Great to be your friend here, as well in in the "real" world!

At 11:41am on June 21, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Hi Maria,

Welcome to She Writes. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.

 

Jill Starishevsky

Author, My Body Belongs to Me

http://www.MyBodyBelongstoMe.com

At 7:00am on June 21, 2011, Margaret Traylor said…

Hi Maria, welcome to She Writes! We're glad to have you here. You can use the Getting Started section to help you find your way around. Let us know if you have any questions!

 

Best,
Margaret Traylor

 
 
 

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