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A Writing Exercise

Today I give you another writing exercise. In fact, it’s a combination of exercise and challenge. When you complete the exercise, you will have five drabbles, that is five stories of one hundred words each. Each story will use one

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Background Tools

I use several tools when I’m developing a story. There are two word documents I created. The first, I called Project Development sheet and one I call World Building Document. I have them pre-created in that there are headings and

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Writer’s Block

Do you think writer’s block is real? I do, although some people don’t. I often suffer from it. I know the causes of my writer’s block. The cause of yours may not be the same. My blocks often come from

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Planners, Pantsers, and Plantsers

There are three types of writers. There are the planners, the pantsers, and the plantsers. Every writer in the world falls into one of these three categories. All three of these types have merit. They are just names for the

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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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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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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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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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