If time and money were no object, Robin would travel more often than she stayed home. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. Because, as you know, the first time, you don’t know exactly what you want to see. So you flit from one tourist attraction to another and enjoy every minute of it. But it’s always on the last day that you find the best thing, and you don’t have enough time to explore it properly, and you wished you’d discovered it first (but even if you had, you wouldn’t know it was the best thing, because you hadn’t seen everything else yet). So you have to go back a second time. It’s just logical.
Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and Robin’s family doesn’t want to follow her all around the world, so she does the next best thing: she writes. In the worlds Robin creates, she can go back to the best places time and again. And when they’re not perfect, that’s all right–she just edits until they are. In the real world, Robin also works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen.
Robin is married to her story’s hero, Edward, and together they have three teenagers, Nicholas, Lexi, and Jacob. Her family is a close second on her list of priorities after her relationship with Jesus. So that’s her life: God, husband, children, editing stories, and made-up worlds where she has complete control. Who could ask for more?
Robin is the author of four novels: Finding Amanda (2015) and Chasing Amanda–a FREE prequel to Finding Amanda (2015); Faith House (2013) and One Christmas Eve (2012). Find her at robinpatchen.com. She is one of the coauthors of Five Editors Tackle the Twelve Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing (2015).
Chef and popular blogger Amanda Johnson hopes publishing her memoir will provide healing and justice. Her estranged husband, contractor and veteran soldier Mark Johnson, tries to talk her out of it, fearing the psychiatrist who seduced her when she was a teen might return to silence her.
But Amanda doesn’t need advice, certainly not from her judgmental soon-to-be ex-husband. Her overconfidence makes her vulnerable when she travels out of town and runs into the abuser from her past. A kind stranger comes to her rescue and offers her protection.
Now Mark must safeguard his wife both from the fiend who threatens her life and from the stranger who threatens their marriage
After an unsettling run-in with two strangers, college student Amanda Prince struggles to know who to trust.
Mark Johnson is a marine about to ship out to Afghanistan. He’s not interested in romance and certainly doesn’t want a girlfriend at home waiting for him. But his military training has taught him to listen to his gut. And all his instincts scream that Amanda is in danger.
Can Amanda trust the enigmatic soldier? Can Mark protect the vulnerable young woman without engaging his heart?
When Hurricane Sandy destroys Sadie’s home, she’s determined to restore it. She promised her dying grandmother she’d never abandon the house that is the only link to Sadie’s schizophrenic father—a man who disappeared twenty years ago.
Max has loved Sadie since grade school. A decade has passed, and he’s finally found her. This time, he won’t lose her—not to a flooded house hundreds of miles from home or her false hope as she awaits her father’s unlikely return.
When Sadie discovers her house is underinsured, she faces an impossible decision. Can she trust God enough to let go of her only connection to her dad? Can she trust Max enough to let go of her heart?
Movie star Blake Carmichael found more than just freedom from his drug addiction in rehab. He found God. And he has just one wish for the first Christmas of his new life: reconciliation with his teenage son, Eli. But after eight years of hardly hearing from Blake, Eli wants nothing to do with his father. So when his mother forces Eli to stay with Blake during the Christmas holidays, Eli sneaks out of the house.
From the New Hampshire seacoast to the dangerous streets of Boston, Blake searches for his son, desperate to protect Eli from sins Blake knows all too well. But even if he finds his son, will he ever be able to convince Eli of his love?
Fiction writers often struggle to improve their craft
And the biggest challenge comes from the inability to see what isn’t working. The prose feels off. The scene isn’t gelling. The dialogue sounds stilted or clunky. But they don’t know why or how to fix it.
This book lays it all out
5 Editors Tackle the Twelve Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing demonstrates the deadly dozen pitfalls on the road to a strong story, along with revisions that show writers exactly how to avoid novel failure.
No other writing craft book offers such detailed instruction in how to spot and remedy the major flaws of fiction writing.
What makes this book an important addition to a writer’s bookshelf?
- More than 60 Before and After passages showcase each of the twelve fatal flaws, which are then picked apart and examined to help writers spot these flaws in their own writing and fix them.
- Five editors with extensive background in both editing fiction and writing novels bring a wealth of insights, examples, and solutions to these flaws, using various genre styles and POVs.
- Each chapter ends with a checklist to help writers seek and destroy these fatal flaws in their manuscript, followed by bonus Before and After passages to help them test what they’ve learned.
This in-depth guide to self-editing is an invaluable resource for any writer of any genre. It shows, not just tells, how to write better fiction. Using it, you’ll be armed with the tools and skills you need to conquer the twelve fatal flaws of fiction writing.