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"Concise, informative, and easy to understand, this book should be onevery writer's bookshelf. Fiction writers will benefit from the expertise,examples, and tips found in this twelve-step editing guide. Perfect foraspiring writers still learning the craft or established authors who want tobrush up on their skills."
--Cheryl Kaye Tardif, internationalbest-selling author and book publisher
 
 
"Thisis a wonderful resource for writers who want to avoid these common mistakes intheir manuscript, or correct them if they sneak in. Five talented editorsdiscuss the most common flaws they see in manuscripts, including ways to fix oravoid them. I highly recommend it for any writer."
--Richard Mabry, award-winning author of medical suspense
 
"C.S. Lakinis the go-to person for improving your fiction writing, and her Writer's Toolbox Series is filled to the hilt with the essential tools you need to writeclearly and effectively and, overall, become a better fiction writer. 5Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing is a must-have editionto every writer's library."
--Bryan Hutchinson, author of Writer's Doubt:The #1 Enemy of Writing 

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Fiction writers oftenstruggle to improve their craft. They want to write better, more effectively.Tell a stronger, more evocative story. But oftentimes what a writer envisionsin her mind doesn't come across on the page.

Thebiggest challenge can come from the inability to see what isn't working. The prose feels off. The scene just isn't gelling.The dialogue sounds stilted or clunky. Writers consult their stack of referencebooks or jump online and search for answers on blog posts. They may even travellong distances to attend workshops and conferences to get to the heart of theirproblems.

But even then, thesolutions are often elusive. 

What writers need arenot more books and instructors telling them what to do and how to do it. Theyneed examples. And not just examples of great fiction writing. They needexamples of weak, flawed writing too. 

What helps writers mostis to read passages that demonstrate flawed writing, then be shown revisionsthat target specific flaws and offer clear, effective solutions to thoseproblems.
 
12 Fatal Flaws
 
When working on amanuscript, editors mark up and revise sections to show writing clients what'snot working, why, and how these passages might be rewritten. We believe this isthe best way to help writers identify their specific weaknesses, as well aslearn how to get mastery over them. 

Not every writer canafford to hire an editor to point out a manuscript's flaws. And wouldn't it bebetter for writers to arm themselves with the knowledge and skills needed toavoid succumbing to these writing flaws in the first place? We think so.

That's why we fiveeditors put together a year-long course online--on the Live Write Thriveblog--specifically aimed at tackling the most problematic issues we see day inand day out as we edit and critique manuscripts. While there are undoubtedlymore than twelve "fatal flaws" of fiction writing, we set out to examine indepth the most troublesome and ubiquitous of these.

We refer to theseissues as fatal flaws because of their potential to cause "novel failure." Anyone of these twelve flaws, if prevalent in a novel or other work of fiction,can be a writer's undoing. And because there is no one way to fix each flaw,we've created multiple examples to expose each one, using passages written in avariety of genres, points of view, and writing styles. We feel this wideassortment of more than sixty examples provides just the help writers need.

In addition to beingeditors, we are all novelists--who struggle with these fiction flaws like anyother author. We hope that by sharing our decades of experience as writers aswell as book editors, we might help you seek and destroy the fatal flaws inyour writing.

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