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With all the craziness of the world, I have pretty much tuned out to video media. I haven’t turned on the TV screen for over six weeks. I am sure it’s a passing thing, but I am listening to more podcasts and getting in more reading time.I have also started listening to more audiobooks this summe ...
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Plotting, Not Plodding!

Plotting, Not Plodding!

Plot points, crisis, and climax, oh my! I have been reading up on plotting, taking a deep dive into process and techniques, attempting to distill the information that others have provided in books like The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson, Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, Building Better Plo ...
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Setting: Emotional Depth Through Character Perspective
Kira, Vaith and Kelmir. Characters in setting.When writing, I start from character, not simply because I think it’s a great place to start—although, for me, it’s mostly character engagement that keeps me reading (or writing) a book or story—but more so because that’s just the way my brain ...
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Writing Fiction and Making the Words Disappear
It may seem counterintuitive, since we work so hard at choosing just the right words when writing fiction, but one of my main goals during the editing phase is to make the words disappear on the page. I do this in such a way that the reader will forget she is reading, instead “seeing” the actio ...
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Sensory Details Can Bring Your Story to Life
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it's raining, but the feel of being rained upon.” –E. L. DoctorowHumans use five main senses, which are our key physiological capacities for data perception. However, in most early writing, there is a tendency to f ...
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