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As a further aid to writers, this primer highlights some of the important questions you should be asking yourself when constructing your stories. This advice is also pertinent for any type of writing whether a short story, screenplay, or novel. THE SYNOPSIS This is a thumbnail of your story, what amounts to a brief encapsulation …

Or, Twenty Questions To Ask In Character Creation Pretend you are walking down a street, and you see your character for the first time. Describe them in one word. No matter how far fetched or illogical this initial impact may be, it may prove invaluable. Use clippings from magazines as illustrations of how you envisage …

My first piece of advice? Finish your novel then check it, polish it, and only then — when you are sure it’s been proofread to perfection — try to find agents who represent work similar to that of your own, either in style or genre. Follow their reading preferences, if at all possible. What is …