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Timed Writing

Sometimes when I’m writing, the words just don’t want to come to me. I try to keep writing through those times. I use a variety of methods to get the words out. I often just set a timer and write

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A Word About Settings

Setting is an integral part of your story. Without setting the characters and the action are taking place in a vacuum. Life doesn’t take place in a vacuum. We have buildings, gardens, parks, beaches and other places where action takes

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What makes a good character?

That’s a very good question. The best characters are flawed. They are neither wholly good or wholly evil. They do their best with good or bad results. In short, they are like real people. They drink, swear, and lie. They

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Try Something New

A year ago last March, I moved house. After the dust settled from that move, I did something I had never done before. I took a yoga class. A month or so after that, I tried yoga in the park.

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Scenes

Scenes are the building blocks of stories. They have structure of their own. They have beginnings, middles, and ends. Except for the first scene in a story, the beginning of a scene should hook the reader, just like the beginning

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Middles

Since I wrote about beginnings and endings, I should say a few words about the middle of a story, or “what else could go wrong?” A good beginning and a good ending are all well and good, but you also

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Endings

A few weeks ago, I wrote about starting a story and what makes a good opening for a story. Now I’m going to talk about the ending for a story because a good beginning, or opening, is not enough you

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