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Maybe There's No "Right Way"

When I’m giving my audience writing advice, I’m very careful to repeat one key phrase, no matter how many times I’ve written it before:

“This is what worked for me.” 616 more words

Meg Dowell

Hero Versus Villain

This week we’re looking at some of the ways heroes and villains interlink in fiction. This week focuses on external antagonists:

  • Monday – Not Putting the Pro in Protagonist, …
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3 Traits All Good Writers Share

A recent study identified three key traits all good writers have in common. How many of the boxes can you check?

1. Good Writers Express Themselves Succinctly… 259 more words

The Spinning Pen Girl in a Cafe & Her Weekend Advice

This lovely depiction of the┬áSpinning Pen Girl is done by Artist and Writer Wesley O’Bryan. Check that talented guy out here, and some of his SP posts… 52 more words

How I Name My Characters, Part Three: Using Names to Serve the Story

So, if names that fit too well distract readers, why even try to match names to characters? One reason is that a good name can enhance a story beautifully. 1,872 more words


5 Ways To Start Your Story

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Starting Your Story

Do you ever feel intimidated by a blank Word document and that pesky blinking cursor? 1,831 more words