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The internationally published, award-winning author of 41 novels, Deborah Chester has written Regency romances, historical romances, young adult, science fiction, and fantasy. She is a tenured professor of professional writing in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches novel and short story writing.
She holds a B.A. with General Honors and an M.A. in Journalism; both degrees are from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied professional writing from author/teachers Jack M. Bickham, Robert L. Duncan, and Pulitzer-nominee Carolyn Hart. Chester has been writing professionally since 1978, and has used three pseudonyms – Jay D. Blakeney and Sean Dalton and C. Aubrey Hall for
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Deborah Chester Figure out what type of story you want to write and then read as much as you can. Read fiction--not just in your selected genre but all types--and…moreFigure out what type of story you want to write and then read as much as you can. Read fiction--not just in your selected genre but all types--and read some nonfiction as well. Read daily. Strive to read at least one novel a week. Look at how stories are put together. How, for example, do writers introduce their characters into the stories? Which approaches grab your attention best? Or consider how writers conclude chapters. Do they always stop with a hook? Or do they close chapters with the viewpoint character falling asleep? Which method do you personally find more effective? Dig into some reference books on writing craft. Not the kind that discuss the author's means of finding inspiration, but the books that serve up real nuts-and-bolts information on putting scenes together and how viewpoint should be handled. Look at Jack Bickham, James Scott Bell, and Robert McKee. Good luck!(less)
Deborah Chester Whenever possible, I try to work on one project at a time. Occasionally, though, I find myself writing two books at once. I put most of my effort…moreWhenever possible, I try to work on one project at a time. Occasionally, though, I find myself writing two books at once. I put most of my effort toward the book with the earliest deadline, and will work either in chunks of say, three to five chapters before I switch to the other one. I have also tried writing on one book for half the week and the other one the rest of the week. But alternating back and forth in short bursts has never worked well for me.

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