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How Rhetorical Questions Weaken Your Story

While they have their place in rhetoric, rhetorical questions almost always weaken fiction. Below, I lay out how they stall the story, mangle POV, kill subtext, and generally frustrate readers, and why your story would be better off without them. 769 more words

Writing

Ideas for sentences

Stuck by ehpien, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

When I am stuck for the type of thing I should say, or the way I should say it, I look at other people’s writing. 68 more words

Academic Writing

Grammar-ease: Proved vs Proven

Today is for those times when you’re not quite sure if you want to use ‘proved’ or ‘proven.’

Both prove and proveare formed from the verb  279 more words

The Craft Of Writing

Beta Reading Checklist

Ideally, a beta reader is someone who reads your manuscript to give you a sense of how readers (or agents) will react to your plot and characters… 1,206 more words

Writing

Paragraph problems

Paragraph 26 by Stephen Curry Attribution-NonCommercial License

Do you have trouble knowing when to start a new paragraph? As Fay Hicks mentions in this blog post, starting a new paragraph for every new sentence is something people commonly do. 158 more words

Academic Writing

Resume Writing--Be Creative

On Tuesday I taught two resume workshops, and also critiqued several resumes and cover letters. This Saturday, StageSource (the day job) is having a Job Fair at the Back Bay Event Center (11-3, free for job seekers, for arts administrators, designers, technicians, stage managers, more information… 212 more words

Long sentences

Snicker-snack! by Meg Lauber, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Its ok to write long sentences, but they need to be coherent. Often they are not. I have posted about two common problems before: … 45 more words

Writing Mechanics