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Reading

Writing goes hand in hand with reading. While some of us write for our own pleasure, most write to be read. To do that well, you need to study your genre.  If you want to write mysteries, read mysteries. If

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Description

  Description is an important part of fiction. You have created a world in your head, now you have to get it into your readers’ heads. You do that by description. Description is more than how something looks. You have

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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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Health Assessment and Writing

I recently moved from one employer to another. I didn’t change jobs, I just got hired in as a permanent employee at the job. That meant that my health insurance changed. They want me to complete an online health assessment.

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Dialog

Read your story aloud and pay close attention to the dialog. Reading the story aloud lets you hear the dialog as it would sound if your character were a real person and all had your voice or that of the

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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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Revisions

Revision is an important part of writing. It doesn’t matter if you are writing a term paper, a textbook, or a novel. You will need to revise your work. It’s actually the hardest part of writing. A good way to

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The Importance of Proofreading

I recently read a book in which a male character felt dizzy and swayed. A female character grabbed him by his anus. What’s that you say? She grabbed his anus? That’s right; the text said she grabbed his anus. After

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