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'Tis the season to kill these 17 holiday cliches that will land you on the naughty list and get you coal in your stocking

The holiday season brings a lot of things to a lot of people, including family, gifts, joy and faith. Unfortunately for journalists, it also brings a ton of horrible, well-worn phrases that sap your readers’ will to live. 745 more words

Peanut butter, Jelly and Storytelling.

By now you will probably now that life is like a box of chocolates, but did you also know that a good story is like a well-made PB&J sandwich? 451 more words


GAME TIME: A Halloween-theme AP style quiz!

(Be careful with AP style! It can really take a bite out of your grade!)

How well do you know AP style? Some rules seem eternal while others get added or dropped each year. 81 more words

Writing Basics: Why Your Characters Should Speak For Themselves

Take this moment and pause. I know you can hear them. The voices in your head. Talking to you. Telling you things. How others are thinking, feeling. 933 more words

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Writing Basics: Finding Your Voice - The How and The Why

A while back, I started writing about foundational writing rules with my Writing Basics: How You Should Structure Your Story. Today, I’m going to continue with a subject equally foundational, maybe more so: 1,095 more words

Story Monday

Put your copy on a diet and give it a haircut: How to fix sentences that are too long and too heavy.

Consider this sentence from a sports story that ran Thursday:

Eyebrows were raised when Francona picked Bauer instead of Kluber, and the eccentric right-hander, perhaps best known for slicing a pinkie open while repairing a drone during last year’s postseason and bleeding all over the mound in Toronto, delivered a performance that started October just right for the Indians.

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Writing Basics: How You Should Structure Your Story

Get ready, because you and I are going back to the basics. A bit of Writing 101 if you will. Ground level, and building layer by layer until we reach the moon. 999 more words

Story Monday