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Avoid Tangents in Your Story

When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to be WRITING A NOVEL that I ended up writing a lot of scenes that had nothing to do with the actual plot. But I didn't care because it was so fun to be WRITING A NOVEL! When I finished the first draft I was so thrilled to see my own words on the page that I didn't consider that readers might be confused by the superfluous scenes sprinkled throughout the manuscript. I found them entertaining enough to include simply because I'd written them.…See More
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Avoid Tangents in Your Story

When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to be WRITING A NOVEL that I ended up writing a lot of scenes that had nothing to do with the actual plot. But I didn't care because it was so fun to be WRITING A NOVEL! When I finished the first draft I was so thrilled to see my own words on the page that I didn't consider that readers might be confused by the superfluous scenes sprinkled throughout the manuscript. I found them entertaining enough to include simply because I'd written them.…See More
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Patricia Robertson commented on the blog post 'Quirks make characters real'
"I like quirks, too. Some day I'm going to create a character that has all of my quirks!"
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A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Quirks make characters real

In a previous post, I talked about character arcs. This week, I'd like to delve into the characters themselves. I like to give mine little quirks. Why? Because I think quirks are what make people real, and I want my readers to think my characters are like real people. Here's an example: I've written four novels with the same protagonist, and once in a while she tells corny jokes. She thinks they're…See More
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Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Quirks make characters real

In a previous post, I talked about character arcs. This week, I'd like to delve into the characters themselves. I like to give mine little quirks. Why? Because I think quirks are what make people real, and I want my readers to think my characters are like real people. Here's an example: I've written four novels with the same protagonist, and once in a while she tells corny jokes. She thinks they're…See More
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Mary E. Merrell commented on the blog post 'Spring Resolution #2: Get Marketing!'
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Maria Murnane commented on the blog post 'Spring Resolution #2: Get Marketing!'
"@Mary, @Catherine, @Leslie, you're all very welcome! I'm laughing because I live in NYC and it's still freezing here, but I keep telling myself to act like it's a beautiful spring! :)"
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Catherine Ann Jones commented on the blog post 'Spring Resolution #2: Get Marketing!'
"Thanks, Maria. Writers need all the support they can get, and I'm no exception! Best, Catherine Ann Jones www.wayofstory.com "
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Who I am:
I'm a bestselling author and professional speaker, and I also provide consulting services on book publishing and marketing
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.
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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Avoid Tangents in Your Story

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:52am 0 Comments

When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to be WRITING A NOVEL that I ended up writing a lot of scenes that had nothing to do with the actual plot. But I didn't care because it was so fun to be WRITING A NOVEL! When I finished the first draft I was so thrilled to see my own words on the page that I didn't consider that readers might be confused by the superfluous scenes sprinkled throughout the manuscript. found them entertaining enough to include simply because I'd…

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Quirks make characters real

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:06am 2 Comments

In a previous post, I talked about character arcs. This week, I'd like to delve into the characters themselves. I like to give mine little quirks. Why? Because I think quirks are what make people real, and I want my readers to think my characters are like real people.

 

Here's an example: I've written four novels with the same protagonist, and once in a while she tells corny…

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Spring Resolution #2: Get Marketing!

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 8:42am 5 Comments

In my last post I encouraged you to sit down and write at least 500 words a day. For those of you who already have a book in hand, now it's time to get marketing!…

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Spring Resolution: Get Writing!

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

Happy spring! Don't you just love this time of year? I do. It's time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and the boundless sense of possibility that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning and see what the day has to offer. 

As I'm writing this it's in the 30s in New…

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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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