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Ditch the first idea to get to more creative concepts

When it comes to creativity, the first idea that comes to mind is usually the most trite. If it popped in your head that easily, you can bet your ass it’s popped into plenty of other heads before yours. 285 more words


Beyond the Basics: Making your character descriptions interesting

You know what variety of description has never left an impression on me? A character’s height. 5’4, 6’1, 5’0, all a blur of uninteresting information. The descriptions that stick with me for longer than a few pages aren’t so interchangeable. 531 more words


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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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