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Authorsplaining: an Insidious Invitation for Readers to Skim

by Laura Drake

Photograph of a lynx showing his fangs in a very wide-open mouth screaming into a microphone set up.

We’ve all read it. We’ve all written it. The overexplanation. Even published books are rife with it (though I’ll bet, not many bestsellers are.) Is it small? Subtle? Often. But enough of it sprinkled in your writing will invite skimming.… Read the post

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Answer These Six Questions to Know If You Have a Story

by Eldred Bird

You’ve just come up with what you believe is a brilliant new idea for your next short story, novel, or screenplay. You sit down at the keyboard, stretch your back, crack your knuckles, and flex your fingers. You stare at the screen for the next twenty minutes or so waiting for inspiration to hit.… Read the post

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First Page Critique

I’m currently teaching my First Five Pages class at Lawson Writer’s Academy. I love helping writers strengthen their all-important openings. Joe Zarek is one of my students, and has agreed to allow me to share his ‘before and after’ first page.… Read the post

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One Word to Guide Your Writing Journey in 2020

Our Writers in the Storm team chose single guiding words in 2016, and 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Ellen

My word for 2020: Hope

Hope is my favorite four letter word. It keeps me moving forward. Even in the dark days when I worry about digging myself out of the current dilemma, the hope that all will be well lights my way.… Read the post

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Use Comparison for Power

Laura Drake

Capture your reader's heart AND mind with comparisons

Description, run-on words, similes and metaphors are all ways to get your meaning across to your reader. I got the first two, but metaphors and similes....they were a bit fuzzy (school was a looooong time ago for me).… Read the post

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