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Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

If I were to ever teach a writing class, heaven forbid, I would have everyone read at least two different writing books written by writers.  It wouldn’t matter which ones either, because honestly they all say variations of the same … Continue reading

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Descriptive Prose

This last weekend I attended a writer’s conference and listened to all sorts of excellent classes talking about the craft.  One of the classes that influenced me and my writing the most was a class on descriptive prose presented by the … Continue reading

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Seven Point Story Structure, the Ninja of the Writing World

I had the chance to tune in to Dan Wells series of YouTube videos on seven point story structure and learned a lot about the finer points of its ins and outs.  It really is the ninja of the writing … Continue reading

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Character Studies with Downton Abbey

As with most trends, I’m several years late in joining the Downton Abbey fandom.  That said I’ve been watching an episode a night for the past month and playing a wonderful game of catch up, and enjoying every minute.  It … Continue reading

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Eating your Words – Using Taste to Further Your Fiction

Once upon a time we had a discussion about the use of smell in fiction and how it can evoke an emotional response.  Today we are going to tackle another sense that is easy to forget, taste. Taste is another … Continue reading

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25 Words a Day

  A fellow writer friend of mine said something recently that caught my attention. She said, “I aim to write at least 25 words a day.  That way I’m not overwhelmed before I start and am far more likely to … Continue reading

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From Love to Hate – The 7 Levels

While working on the manuscript I started to think about different levels of attraction in terms of what was emotionally required.  I created this chart, which, although far from accurate in the academic/psychological sense, illustrates the seven major stopping points. … Continue reading

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