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Research

Even if you are writing fiction, you may find you need to do research. You wouldn’t want to have Fifth Avenue in Manhattan running north and south. Your readers would call you on it. It’s more accurate to say it

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming is the process we use to come up with ideas. We can then use those ideas to write about or to come up with the solutions to problems. You can do it in teams or solo. That’s what’s nice

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Word Choice

Have you ever read a book or story and wondered why the author chose the words they did? If you have, then the author failed. You popped out of the story because of questionable word choices. I once read a

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Total Immersion

What you are looking for in writing your scenes is the total immersion of your reader into the story. This is what the past few blogs have been leading up to. I designed them that way so I could use

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Where Do Your Ideas Come From?

Writers are always asked where their ideas come from. I’ve never been sure how to answer that. I suppose the most truthful answer is, “I have no idea.” I truly don’t. Some days I wake up with an idea in

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A Word About Inspiration

It’s a sad fact but true, but if you wait for inspiration to strike before writing anything, you will never write anything. Waiting for inspiration to strike is like waiting for lightning to strike. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t.

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Your Character-s Morning Routine

One good way to get a handle on your characters is to figure out how they start their days. Sit down and come up with a morning routine for each of them. It can help you to bring them alive.

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Stinky Scenes

I’ve been talking about putting senses in your fiction. Description can go a long way towards setting a scene. For full immersion in a scene, you need all five senses. That’s not to say that you need to put them

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Visualizing A Scene

Scenes are the building blocks of a story. No matter what length your story is, it has at least one scene. A scene is a piece of action with context of some sort. John threw the ball, which bounced off

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Story Structure

A well structured story is a good story. It’s as simple as that. If you don’t have good structure, then the project will collapse. No one will read it. They might start it, but they won’t finish it. As authors,

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