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P-O-What?

by Lori Freeland

Pitch out Visuals? Pass on Variety? Personalization of Villains? People of Value? Just what is POV, and why do you care?

Understanding POV

Point of View (POV) refers to the character telling the story in a particular scene or chapter of your book.… Read the post

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12 Survival Tricks for a Creative’s Anxiety

by Lori Freeland

Anxiety. The word alone is enough to set off a tingle in my fingers, a tightness in my chest, and a worn-out mantra—Breathing is good. Passing out is bad—that rarely works. 

And I’m not alone.

I’ve read so many posts from authors dealing with health problems related to or caused by anxiety—especially in the last few years.… Read the post

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Show, Don’t Tell: The 3 Most Misunderstood Words in a Writer’s Vocabulary

Lori Freeland

“Show, don’t tell” might be the three most misunderstood words in a writer’s vocabulary.

Show, Don't Tell

But—

  • Why is showing so important?
  • Is it always bad to tell?
  • How the heck do you even know if you’re doing it right?
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The Up and Down Sides of Critique Groups: Is There Value in Finding Your Peeps?

Lori Freeland

Critique groups. Something you want to be part of? Or something you don’t? Ask a few seasoned writers, and you’re sure to get some strong opinions. As a writer, editor, and writing coach, here’s mine—

I’m pro critique group all the way.Read the post

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Down with the Rules?

by Lori Freeland

Avoid unlikeable main characters. Show don’t tell. Lock your character into character. Tell your story forward. Pass on passive verbs. Say bye-bye to backstory. Nix the omniscient narrator and dodge the dreaded head hop. Always remember adjectives are lazy, exclamation points are evil, and adverbs are from the devil.Read the post

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