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Practicing Writing To A Goal Or Deadline

The realities of writing, at least as a professional, is the idea of the deadline. That’s a date and sometimes time to complete a piece of writing. Professional writers deal with them every day. If your goal is to be

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Where Do You Write?

Some authors have an office they go to to write. Others write wherever and whenever they can. I have a home workstation in my bedroom. I write there a lot. I also write in my living room. I have things

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Watch Your Tenses

Few things will pop me out of a story faster than a sudden change in tenses. One minute, we are in the past tense, then poof! we are in the present tense. It’s even worse when the change happens in

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When Repetition Is Good

Last week I talked about varying your words. I gave some good advice, but I also want to talk about the times when you need repetition. It isn’t a bad thing, if sprinkled through the piece in small amounts. When

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Vary Your Words

Words can be powerful things. When writing, the use of the exact right word is crucial tothe process. That said, you shouldn’t be in love with a particular word either. My mothertold me of a book she read in which

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Watch Your Point of View

A little while ago, I was reading fan fiction online. I quite enjoy doing that. My enjoyment was spoiled in one of the stories I was reading. The author switched the point of view character several times in the piece

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Creativity

Dictionary.com defines creativity as the “state or quality of being creative.” It goes on to say it is the ability to rise above traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships. To create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations. That creativity is originality,

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Keeping A Journal

One of the best ways to practice the craft of writing is to maintain a journal. It’s a good way to develop the habit of writing on a daily basis, which you should do if you want to be a

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Love What You Write

Writing can be an enjoyable experience or it can be a nightmare. It’s your choice. It doesn’t have to be a chore. The trick is to find a story you want to tell. Don’t worry about what’s selling, although that

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Short Fiction

Short fiction is any fiction that isn’t a novel. I know you think that isn’t very helpful. I know. Short fiction can vary from a single sentence to what isn’t a novel. So, you ask, what’s a novel. Unfortunately, my

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