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Noticing good and bad writing as you read

reader by Barbara Krawcowicz, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

I used to think that when I was having trouble following a paper I was reading, it was because I didn’t know enough about the topic, or wasn’t concentrating properly. 530 more words

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How do you put a soundtrack behind written fiction?

I haven’t written anything here in a while. The good news is that I’ve been writing and submitting fiction as much as my schedule allows, racking up the rejections and all. 228 more words


Beware: This Practice Could 'Date' You

Recently, a topic posted by the Facebook page Grammarly asked the question: “Do you write (type) with one space or two spaces after a sentence? Line break?” 528 more words

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Verb tense

Past Perfect & Past Tense by Luca Traversa, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

Sometimes when I am revising my writing I find I have jumbled up the tenses and need to pay attention to that as I edit. 230 more words

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My experience with Goodreads Giveaways

Recently I did two Goodreads giveaways with the intent of getting exposure (most people do giveaways hoping for reviews. I’ll explain later why the review strategy is very costly and probably not worth it). 1,416 more words


Making reader feedback work for you

Readers aren’t often good editors. They’re less interested in what works best for your story than what works best for them. Each reader, understandably, wants your story to fit their every preference. 692 more words


Writing Peripheral Scenes

One strategy during revision is to write the scenes that take place outside of the narrator’s experience. What happened before he entered the room?

Those scenes can help me imagine everything from the posture to the motivation of the various characters when our narrator does arrive. 1,049 more words