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How to Show Emotion in Characters Who Hide Their Feelings
Photo of a man with a short, tidy beard and concerned expression, wearing a zipped up hoodie, staring out a portal window

by Eldred Bird

As writers we’ve all had “show, don’t tell” pounded into our heads by teachers, editors, and other writers. That’s all well and good in most situations, but what if you have a character who doesn’t like to show how they’re feeling.… Read the post

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Increasing the Emotional Impact of Your Story

by Angela Ackerman

Image titled Reader Impact shows a half-round meter with 6 sections in colors from orange to green (left to right) . Section labels rom left to right read,   "throws book away," "DNF book", "Thought it was so-so," "Satisfied reader," h"ooked, buys the next one," "Tells others to read it."

What do the most successful, memorable novels out there have in common? Emotional impact. The reader becomes so connected to the story, characters, and world they feel something profound as they read. 

This is no surprise because emotions are central to the human experience.… Read the post

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Uncovering the truth behind “Write what you know”

by Miffie Seideman

Mark Twain quote - write what you know

If you’ve been penning stories for any length of time, you’ve already been exposed to countless writing tips. One such tip is “Write what you know.” This well-meaning phrase is not only often misunderstood, but also creates angst and even creative blocks among writers. … Read the post

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The Writing Jungle, 12 Ways to Stay on the Path

by Laura Rossi

Writing can be a lonely journey.

I’ve been in the writing jungle for over ten years now and, even though I can’t consider myself an expert, I think I can safely say that there’s no right or wrong when it comes to writing.… Read the post

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The Rules of the Story You Write

by Lynette M. Burrows

Image is of glowing lights in green and pink and purple and dark grass-like fronds surrounding an open book, it's pages about to turn.

When you ask a writer what they do, the answer is often “I write” or “I write stories.” But that’s not entirely true. Writers create and solve problems, we create characters, a time, a place, a mood, and more.… Read the post

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