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Writing Critique Deconstructed

I was digging through my old writing folder the other day to review my older attempts at being interesting and erudite. Instead, I found this critique from a short story entry in 1993 (yes I know, before a lot of you were born :) Anyway, I never got around to revising this story (like, totally) but maybe I shall try again. 346 more words

Showing thoughts in 3rd person narrative

I’ve seen much discussion and debate about how to handle thoughts in narrative. Do you italic the thought? Attach a thought tag to it? Both? Well, I’ve got a solution… 424 more words


Art must be purposeful and meaningful

I want to take a moment to discuss symbolism and deeper meaning, as it pertains to the interpretation and creation of art.

Something isn’t meaningful without there being evidence to imply that it is. 581 more words


Respect for Character - Masterclass with Marina Endicott

On Sunday, November 23, the Manitoba Writers’ Guild will host a masterclass, led by Marina Endicott.  The title of the class is Respect for Character, and will guide writers in developing rich and believable characters in their work. 28 more words

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An Actually Helpful Pep Talk

I admit that I am generally nonplussed by pep talks. Ever since high school pep rallies, since football games doomed to be lost to teams with more money to spend, the cheerleaders have rolled out (sometimes literally) from all quarters, hoping to inspire us about something. 254 more words

Jack Frey

The Agony of Ether to Substance: Bringing Your Story to the Page

In this post, I’ll explore the process of writing the first draft of a novel, with particular attention paid to that awkward period between “Nothing on the Page” and “Done”. 1,019 more words

Jack Frey

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Zombie Apocalypse by Pascal Attribution License

You will need to use the passive voice some of the time, but a lot of the time it is unnecessary and makes sentences overly long and more complicated than they need to be. 41 more words

Writing Mechanics