April 10th, 2017

Stuck in a Rut: How to Amp Up a “Boring” Story Setting

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Angela Ackerman | Writing Craft


Angela Ackerman

Taking the time to choose the right setting for each scene is one of the best ways to ensure our writing has impact. Why? Because the setting touches everything. It can characterize the story’s cast, evoke mood, generate conflict, shape the plot, and even use symbols and emotional triggers to show readers what the protagonist fears, yearns for, and needs most of all.… Read the post

September 19th, 2016

Conference Subtext: Watching the Pros and Learning From Them

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Angela Ackerman | Blogging Guests | Writer's Life

Angela Ackerman

jackie_and_angela_wwcConferences are full of opportunities to learn, network, and grow. This summer I attended a local 3-day event called When Words Collide, which is a conference for writers and readers. Over 700 people attended, and every hour there were many different craft, marketing, industry, and genre-specific presentations to choose from.… Read the post

March 18th, 2016

Deepen a Reader’s Emotional Connection to Your Story

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Angela Ackerman | Writing Craft

Angela Ackerman

 

Damns

We all know people read fiction for entertainment. There’s nothing like getting lost in a new world and living vicariously through characters: slaying monsters, solving murders, saving the family farm...even falling in (or out of) love.  But while this is going on, whether we consciously realize it or not, we also read for another reason: insight.Read the post


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