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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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Mapping Your Fictional World

Having a plan is a good way to write. I’m not talking an outline here, although an outline can be helpful. I’m talking about a map. Mapping your fictional world is one of the most important things you can do.

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Point of View

Any story needs a point of view. This is very important. The point of view of a story is the perspective of the story. It’s the reader’s “in” to the story. Basically, the point of view gives the reader a

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The Final Stage of Writing

The last stage of writing is only the last stage if you plan to publish your work. Of course, I’m talking about publishing. Once you have the work polished to your satisfaction, you will have to try selling it. If

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Revision

Getting the story down on paper is the easier part. That sounds counter intuitive, but in my case, it’s true. I usually have a lot of talking heads. In the very first read through of the story, after I have

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Self Publishing with Smashwords

Smashwords has some stringent rules that one must follow to publish through their site. It’s free, but you have to prepare your manuscript as carefully as you can. Oddly, the cover is actually a separate file. You need one to

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Writing Exercises

Search for writing prompts or exercises into your favorite search engine and choose one that interests you. Choose several that interest you. Then follow the exercise directions. Or not, you don’t need to follow them if your muse is leading

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