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A Word About Pacing

Have you ever read a story and thought the characters should just get on with it? That’s an indication that the author missed the pace of the story. Pacing is the speed at which a story moves along. It can

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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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Take a Writing Day

If you have a daily writing routine, congratulations. However, sometimes routines can put you into a rut. So it’s good to shake up your writing routine by doing what I call a writing day. A writing day is a day

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Choosing Your Words

Words are powerful. They can make or break a piece of writing. The right words can shape your text into something powerful or reduce it to cosmic failure. Word choice involves repetition and complexity of meaning that can either enhance

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Journaling to Practice Your Writing

Everyone has to practice. Professional athletes practice their sports. Musicians practice their instruments or singing. Actors rehearse, which is simply just another word for practice. Writers need to practice as well. There’s a reason the phrase “practice makes perfect” is

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Themes

I learned something new the other day. Not every culture sees a man in the moon. My culture sees a man. Other cultures see animals, a rabbit, in the case of the Chinese. When considering themes in your writing, it’s

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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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