Tag: writing


Articles / On Writing

Book Summaries   In basketball, one of the hardest shots to make is the dreaded free throw. I mean, look at it. It’s a straight shot, not too far, not too close, and no one is trying to block or knock the ball out of your hands. It’s an easy shot! And yet people struggle with it. Summary writing is a lot like that. It...

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Articles / On Dialogue

So what is creative narrative, you ask? Well, it’s basically descriptive narrative that is used in conjunction with dialogue. It identifies who is speaking. Naturally, the next question is: why is creative narrative better than using a dialogue tag? After all, tossing in a dialogue tag is much easier. That answer is not so simple. The truth is it’s not always better to use creative...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Direct and Indirect Narrative   The difference between direct and indirect narrative is pretty straightforward. Direct narrative is basically describing everything in a scene, including all the action and detail. For example, say you’re writing a scene about pitcher throwing the winning strike in the game. Direct narrative allows you to describe everything from what the pitcher is feeling and  seeing to how he pitches...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Book Inspiration Many authors have been through it: missing their inspiration. Or more accurately, losing their inspirations. Getting the plot bunny, the excitement of starting a new story, and creating fresh characters are all great things when you first start your book, but when it comes to writing the actual words, something doesn’t always pan out. Is it your muse that simply isn’t...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Paragraphing Dialogue ~oOo~ “It’s not fair,” Brittany whined, stomping her foot and throwing her backpack on the floor. “You never let me do anything.” Her mother lifted her head and stopped sewing. “You’re right. I never let you do anything.” She rolled her eyes before continuing, “I make you slave around here day and night, and you never have any fun. It’s sheer luck the...

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Articles / On Writing

What Raiders of the Lost Ark Taught Me About Storytelling   Earlier today, Raiders of the Lost Ark was on television. This was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was a kid. I still remember riding in the car with my family as we drove the thirty miles to the closest theater in Jerome, Idaho to see this movie for the first time. I was twelve years...

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Articles / On Dialogue

Divas On Dialogue: Dialogue Punctuation   The are three ways to punctuate dialogue in your novel: the right way, the wrong way, and a mixture of the them both. Kind of confusing, huh? To some it can be. Do you use a comma or period with this tag, or do you capitalize the first word after the quotation? Talking about dialogue punctuation is one thing,...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: “Thought” Verbs We all use “thought” verbs in our daily speech and in our written works. Chuck Palahniuk gives out some very good advice on how “thought” verbs can be eliminated and in turn make you a better writer. Even if you will hate his guts. Check it out and let us know what you think. Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs  


Guest Post: My “Other Job” by Sarahbeth Caplin Guest Posts

In this week’s guest blog post, I’m happy to welcome Sarahbeth Caplin, author of Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, Someone You Already Know, Public Displays of Convention, and Sorting Myself: a collection of poetry. My “Other Job” by Sarahbeth Caplin To the woman who asked about my “other job”—because writing stories is tiddlywinks compared to being an Important Somebody in a corporate office: The size...

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Articles / On Editing

What to Do With Your First Draft   Congratulations! You’ve done something that most would-be writers have not—completed your novel. I can feel your satisfied grin from here. So now that you’ve finished that first draft, what should you do with it? If “Publish it now!” is your first thought, I want you to take a step away from your manuscript. In fact, you should...

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