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The Power of Silence on the Page

Margie Lawson

We’ve probably all read these sentences about silence, or variations.

  • The room went silent.
  • We all quit talking.
  • Everyone was silent for a couple of minutes.

And we’ve read these types of sentences about staying silent too.

  • He opened his mouth, but nothing came out.
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Putting Fresh Faces on the Page!

by Margie Lawson

Don’t give readers a reason to take a mini-vacation from your page.

That’s what happens when readers come across clichéd phrases or sentences they’ve read before. They know what’s coming. Their brain takes a break from your story.… Read the post

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Know Subtext? Got Subtext on the Page?

by Margie Lawson

How well do you read body language?

How well do you share subtext on the page?

Take this quick quiz, then enjoy the examples of writing fresh faces and voices below the quiz.

  1. Ninety-three percent of communication is nonverbal.
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The Brilliance of Backstory Slip-Ins

by Margie Lawson

I confess. I’m in love with the way some authors slip in backstory.

I’m not talking chunks of backstory that sit on your page like cement blocks. The kind of blah blah blah that invites readers to skim.… Read the post

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From Beyoncé to The X Files: Allusion Power on the Page

Margie Lawson

Hello Everyone!

I’ll SHOW then TELL:

“Goodbye LA, G'day Australia.” She wiggled her hips and Beyoncéd into the hall.

That fun example was written by multi-Immersion grad Elaine Fraser.  

Now I’ll TELL:

Allusion is a rhetorical device. It’s a quick reference to a famous person or event that includes the trait.Read the post

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