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Great tips for authors… I’m revising the draft of my first novel now. Thank you! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Kourtney Heintz

1) The opening sentence of a book/chapter/scene should be hooking and make the reader curious enough to read onward.

Like any man, I loved my wife, but these 3 a.m. suicidal thoughts were killing me.

2) The closing sentence of a chapter/scene should never let the reader slip in a bookmark. You need to make the reader want to keep going. Cliffhangers, uncertainty, new questions, they need to be built into that final sentence.

I worked best under pressure–they’d never know how much.

3) There is a power to 3 in using the same word, phrase or sentence structure. Don’t stop at twice, make sure it’s 3 times.

I didn’t want the end of me. Over a girl like her. Or a friend like him. Or a father like mine.

4) Write fresh. Find a new way to describe something. Your readers will thank you.

My jackrabbit pulse began to…

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Comments on: "The 5 Most Important Revision Tips I Learned from Margie Lawson’s Classes by Author Kourtney Heintz" (7)

  1. Thanks for the ‘re-blog Bette 😀

  2. Thanks for the reblog Bette! 🙂

  3. Good advice. I need to work on some of those things. Thanks for the helpful share, Bette.
    Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Perfect timing on my discovery of this post. I’m following Kourtney’s blog and just bought her book The Six Train to Wisconsin. Thanks for your faithful support, Natalie. Blessings to you and yours, Bette 🙂

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