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Save the Cat—useful for novel writers?

Save the Cat offers an outlining method for screenwriters, and many fiction writers consider it to be a useful tool for their novels as well. I like it myself. 618 more words


Writing that flows

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It’s often good to see your first drafts as being written for yourself, as you make sense of the material and develop your own understanding. 179 more words

Academic Writing

Basing your characters on people you know

I know a lot of writers like to take people from their lives and, with just a tiny bit of modification, ‘put’ them into their stories. 787 more words


Machiavelli Monday Part II

Machiavelli Monday’s coming early this time of year! Mainly because I’m going to be out all day tomorrow. I’ll just start calling it Machiavelli Someday. Less catchy, but more accurate. 1,748 more words


Summary of points so far

I’m kinda running out of material—I mean, I thought it’d be a good idea to emphasize certain points I’ve made so far in this silly thing I call my blog. 804 more words


Revising the Past

In a short story I wrote about the last night I lived in my parents’ house before moving to Clemson, I described an encounter with a guy. 537 more words

Short Story

Captions for illustrations in scientific writing

Captions on all figures and tables need to be complete. They should fully explain the illustration, even when taken out of context. Readers are often looking at tables and figures before they begin reading the text of your document or later when they want to quickly remind themselves of your findings. 304 more words

Academic Writing