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Self Criticism

You need to know when you are giving yourself constructive criticism, the words that make your project the best it can be and when you are just running yourself and you work down. That’s the tricky thing. You are your

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Your Character’s Health

Everyone has health, good or bad. Giving your character health concerns will make them more real to the reader. Unless your character is a whining hypochondriac, just mentioning their overall health now and then is sufficient. The trick is not

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Repetition In Writing

A small amount of repetition can help emphasize points and complement your righting but too much is boring. If you are like me, you likely over used a word or two in your writing. Most word processing software include mechanisms

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What makes a good character?

That’s a very good question. The best characters are flawed. They are neither wholly good or wholly evil. They do their best with good or bad results. In short, they are like real people. They drink, swear, and lie. They

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Scenes

Scenes are the building blocks of stories. They have structure of their own. They have beginnings, middles, and ends. Except for the first scene in a story, the beginning of a scene should hook the reader, just like the beginning

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Endings

A few weeks ago, I wrote about starting a story and what makes a good opening for a story. Now I’m going to talk about the ending for a story because a good beginning, or opening, is not enough you

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Opening Lines

A good opening sentence can make or break a story. The entire story can hinge on that one sentence. That’s not always the case, but readers need to want to continue reading, so the opening sentence has to be good.

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