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Watch out for Run-on Sentences

I recently read two indie books that shared the following problem: they were both infested with run-on sentences. I don't throw around the word "infested" very often, but I'm using it here to make a point. The run-on sentences ruined the reading experience for me. I was so distracted by the errors that I couldn't focus on the stories.…See More
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Grammar Tip: Be Careful with Tenses

Today I'd like to talk about tenses, specifically when to use the preterit (past) tense versus the pluperfect (past perfect) tense. While both past tenses refer to things that have already happened, the pluperfect reference point is earlier than the preterit reference point.   Here are two examples:  Preterit tense: I…See More
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Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Grammar Tip: Be Careful with Tenses

Today I'd like to talk about tenses, specifically when to use the preterit (past) tense versus the pluperfect (past perfect) tense. While both past tenses refer to things that have already happened, the pluperfect reference point is earlier than the preterit reference point.   Here are two examples:  Preterit tense: I…See More
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A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Does Your Dialogue Sound Realistic?

Most of us read books because we love to escape (temporarily) from reality and immerse ourselves in alternate worlds inhabited by colorful, interesting characters whose lives are much more exciting than our own. That's certainly why I read! However, while the lives these characters lead might be less than realistic,…See More
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"I have written a lot of fiction, mostly short stories, set in laboratories. These stories include references to scientific societies and journals. I deliberately make up plausible names for the journals and societies because I don't want to…"
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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

Maria Murnane's Blog

Marketing Tip: Follow the 80/20 Rule in Social Media

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 10:31am 0 Comments

One of the questions that authors often ask me is: "What should I blog/tweet about?" The answer depends on a lot of factors, but the most important is the subject matter of your book. While of course you want to promote your work, if that's all you do, it's going to be hard to attract - and keep - followers. Who wants to read endless tweets that constantly shout "Buy my book!"(Am I right?)…

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Got Writer's Block? Step Away From the Keyboard

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 7:42am 0 Comments

When I'm working on a book, there's nothing I fear more than staring at my computer screen and not knowing what to write next. I find it paralyzing, nerve-racking, depressing, and downright scary. When I'm writing a book but not actually writing anything, I feel an enormous sense of guilt because I'm not being productive.…

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Dialogue Tip: Make It Clear Who Is Talking

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Good dialogue can bring your characters to life and engage your readers by making them feel immersed in the fantasy world you've created. On the flip side, poorly constructed dialogue can break the magical spell of the story. When I'm reading a conversation between two or more characters and lose track of who is…

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Watch out for Run-on Sentences

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 7:30am 7 Comments

I recently read two indie books that shared the following problem: they were both infested with run-on sentences. I don't throw around the word "infested" very often, but I'm using it here to make a point. The run-on sentences ruined the reading experience for me. I was so distracted by the errors that I couldn't focus on the stories.…

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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!

 

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