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Tag Archive: writing craft

Top Ten – Memorable characters found in books

Create vivid fictional characters Plot or character? Today character reigns supreme in the reader’s mind, so writers spend a lot of time trying to create memorable characters that walk off the page and take up residence in a reader’s imagination. What book characters come to mind when you think of all the stories you’ve read?…

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Weekend Writing Finds – Superlative words, a snazzy voice, and a superfluity of digital book news

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsThings have been a bit quiet around here but I still managed to gather a few items of interest I’d like to share. This is a new weekly feature where I post information about books, writing, publishing and writers. Here’s some good web…

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Should a writer read short stories?

The Tell-Tale Heart From the opening pages of the short story collection, I knew my heart belonged to Poe. That’s Edgar Allan, of course. When I read The Tell Tale Heart, I slid into Poe’s fictional world and experienced the story. I might have been slouched in an old recliner and safe in my parent’s…

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The Writer’s Toolbox: Critiques, love ’em or hate ’em, they’re valuable

Most critiques are the plague of writers and create a lot of internal and external tension. I don’t know that anyone is completely unbiased whether they’re giving or receiving a critique. What you want is for someone to be able to acknowledge their biases and look past them. For most the word “critique” is loaded…

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Even top writers make mistakes

Lee Goldberg continues his excellent commentary on A Writer’s Life and tackles all too familiar problems many writers face whether they’re at the top of their game or just starting out. Any writer can fall prey to slow beginnings, weak writing, and the conflicting desires of the writer versus the demands of the audience. Apparently Josh…

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