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Category: Guest Blogger

Active Voice – Laurie Skemp on Character Development

My Introduction: Whether you intend to self-publish or submit your manuscript to an agent or publishing house, I believe that the services of a professional editor are crucial to achieving success. I recently read a review that praised a novel’s storyline but ultimately trashed the work for improper grammar, tense shifts, the whole nine. I’m…

Active Voice – “I didn’t like your protagonist…” by Rosalind Brackenbury

  There seems to be a recurrent complaint in reviews of novels these days: the reviewer, who may or may not be a professional reviewer – announces, as if it were the last word in literary criticism, “I just didn’t like her/his characters.” Sometimes the complaint is about something the character did – had adulterous…