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Small Details That Can Make a Big Difference

Mystery Novels consist of some basic elements—protagonist, antagonist, plot, setting, conflict and resolution. Most mystery writers understand these elements and can fold them into an interesting, well-written story. 376 more words

Writing Craft

Italics - Italianish

Italics, sloping style letters, usually used to give emphasis, was introduced in 1501 by Aldus Manutius, an Italian printer, who printed an edition of Virgil using the sloping style letters, he dedicated the edition to Italy and those who used the style after, called it ‘Italic’.



it reads and feels nothing. a reminder’s footnote.

memory forgets its hermit father

& painters
go bald.

a mother says little.

each cigarette
has its own… 13 more words

Expressing thoughts and imagined dialogue

There are no hard and fast rules about displaying a character’s thoughts. It tends to be dictated by trends of the moment or personal preference. The one rule is that once you have chosen a style, be… 412 more words


Italics - Yay or Nay?

Someone in a Facebook group I’m a part of asked a question recently. She was wondering whether we used italics ‘to empathize a word, or a thought.’  Her comment was met with mixed thoughts especially from all of us, so I want to take a moment to explain how I feel about italics. 459 more words


Intellectual Arithmetic

My dad was a school teacher (vocational agriculture at first, then science and math for 7th grade). He became a Junior High principal and collected a few pedagogical chestnuts like this 1849 volume: 91 more words