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The Vignette

The dictionary says a vignette is “a brief evocative description, account, or episode,” or “a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.” The first definition is the one that concerns us here. Vignettes

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Research

Research is one of the most important things a writer can do as part of its writing process. The reason for it is obvious for non-fiction writers, but fiction writers need to do their share as well. They just don’t

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Feline Freedom League Mission Report

From: Agent Skittlebutt To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 1 November 2020 Subject: Mission Report I’m feeling stronger every day, I’m pleased to say. I am determined that I will never be so weak that the humans will take me for another

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A Word About Genre

Genre is a category of artistic composition. The word applies to literature and music. It means works similar in form, style, or subject matter. I’ll be talking about the literary genres. Some people say there are four main ones, drama,

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The Pandemic

I’ve been thinking about this situation in which we find ourselves. Here’s what I’ve come up with. I think 2020 has been a test for humanity. It’s a test we failed. All we needed to do was respect one another,

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Planning A Writing Project

Starting a writing project takes many forms. I generally start with a premise. I give it a working title and begin expanding the premise. I create characters, settings, and plot. I also consider how long the piece should be. I

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The flow of words

When you are writing, how do you visualize the words? Do they flow or come without effort? Or do you struggle with each one? Either way, you aren’t alone. I’ve strained over writing a piece, agonizing over each word. I’ve

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Feline Freedom League October 2020

From: Agent Provie To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 4 October 2020 Subject: Mission Report I have decided to eavesdrop on the human conversations. I believe they will tell me what the pond is for if I pretend to sleep. That is,

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Take a break

Every so often, I get a blast of laziness and I just don’t feel like writing. When that happens, the words don’t flow with ease, and I either struggle on or don’t write at all. Either is a reasonable response

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A Word About Scenes

The dictionary defines a scene as a place where an incident occurs, or a sequence of continuous action in a play movie opera or book. I would go farther and say a scene is the basic building block of a

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