Paula Munier’s “Guide to Beginnings”: Why the Opening Can Make or Break Your Novel

writersguidetobeginnings-cindyfazzipicBook Review—“The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings that Sell” by Paula Munier, published by Writer’s Digest Books, 2016

The image of an open door graces the cover of Paula Munier’s latest writing book. It’s an invitation to learn and keep an open mind. It also reminds me of the proverbial door being slammed in a novelist’s face. “Competition is fierce—and that’s why your words must be fierce as well,” says Munier. (more…)

Tips on Polishing Your Novel from Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands”

Hydrangeas&Manuscript1After you’ve revised your manuscript for the nth time, the final stretch of polishing can be daunting. You’ve maxed out your writing group’s goodwill and your own editing fatigue has set in. When you reach this point, Paula Munier’s tips on “principled polishing” will help a lot. (more…)

Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands” Delves Deep Into Effective Writing Practice

Writingwithquiethands-ImageBook Review—“Writing with Quiet Hands: How to Shape and Sell a Compelling Story Through Craft and Artistry” by Paula Munier, published by Writer’s Digest Books, 2015

Writing is many things to many people—a job, a career, a calling, or perhaps a hobby or a fantasy. Paula Munier says writing is so much more. “Writing is nothing less than a path to enlightenment,” she says in this ruminative and inspiring book. And the best writers are those who write with quiet hands, she adds. (more…)

Paula Munier’s Advice: Don’t Say These Things When Querying a Literary Agent

BadQueryLetterLooking for a literary agent is like applying for a job, but a thousand times harder. The process of querying agents or pitching to them in conferences is full of pitfalls. So it’s great when an experienced literary agent like Paula Munier rounds up the common mistakes writers make and shares them on her blog. (more…)

Paula Munier’s “Plot Perfect” is a Treasure Trove of Tools for Writers

PlotPerfectCoverbyCindyFazziBook Review—“Plot Perfect: Building Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene” by Paula Munier, published by Writer’s Digest Books, 2014

In keeping with the book’s title, Paula Munier doesn’t flinch when she states, “If you want to write commercial fiction, you need to be about plot.” (more…)