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Journaling As A Writing Tool

If you want to get good at basketball, you need to practice various aspects of the game. If you want to become proficient at anything, you need to practice the skill. It is no different for writing. You need to

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Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are short topics intended to spur you to write. That’s their function. They could be something like this one from Toasted Cheese from March the first, Use the phrase “Like a lion”. This is a prompt that leaves

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Line-by-Line Revision

I hate revising. I need revision, but I abhor the job. No one ever wrote anything that didn’t need at least a little editing. My process is to read the work first and flag any problems I find while reading.

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A Bit More On Setting

The setting can set the tone of the story, but the tone must match the action. A Gothic horror story rarely takes place in a one-bedroom stone cottage by the sea. That’s not to say it couldn’t, but it would

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A Word About Setting

Setting is an important part of any story of any length. Stories involve action and action needs some place to happen. That’s the setting. Setting has to involve more than just one sense. There may not be a breeze in

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Character Spirituality

In the process of developing your characters, you should consider the character’s religion and spiritual leanings. Religion is important to a lot of people in this world and they may be readers. Religion can be a thorny issue. Now it

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Well Rounded Characters

As readers we like our characters to be realistic. Authors need to add flaws and virtues to their characters in order to engage the reader with the story. We remember the characters who come alive best. Those characters have flaws.

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