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Here you'll find posts addressing the nuts and bolts of story structure and writing. For some general inspiration and posts on living life as a writer and creative, you can explore the blog.

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The Beloved and Oft-Misused Semi-colon
I'm not sure why it is that teen writers love the semi-colon, but they do; ...
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Three Story Plotting Strategies
Last week my writing group had an interesting discussion. One of the members just sold her ...
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Should you use contractions in your writing?
During the summer, I always spend some time working on what I'm going to be ...
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9 Strategies to Enhance Your Creativity and Break Through Blocks
School is all about rote memory, conformity, and following the rules. But when we’re immersed ...
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What is a Character Arc?
Is a character arc a giant boat for characters that Noah built? Or perhaps it’s ...
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How to Use Word Clouds to Guide Your Revision
We all tend to have our favorite "go to" words that we like to use, ...
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Ten Essential Creative Writing Tools
Writing a story, poem, or a novel is a major undertaking. It would be lovely ...
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Should you outline your stories?
If you don't consider yourself a planner, and you are writing a single scene short ...
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Common Grammar Errors in Fiction: Switching Tenses
One of the most common grammar errors I see in stories that teens write is ...
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Character Basics: Character Archetypes
When you're creating a character, the most important step is to figure out what they ...
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Character Basics – Six Places to Find Great Characters
Every story has a cast of characters. Some have huge casts like the Harry Potter ...
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Eight Strategies to Get Over the Fear of Sharing your Writing
Your heart races, your hands shake, you want to run, scream, hide! Glancing behind you, ...
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Sentence Structure Matters
Next to your individual word choice, your sentence structure is the basic building block of ...
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Work on Your Writing Strengths
As a writing teacher, I've spent a lot of time helping students improve. Because of ...
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Five Strategies for Writing Chapter Titles
When trying to decide on chapter titles, writers face two major questions: 1) Should you ...
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6 Reasons Why You Need Writing Buddies
Do you belong to a "writing group"? Or, if you don't have an "official" group, ...
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Who Should Tell Your Story? Three Questions to Figure it Out
This past week, I've had several conversations with teen writers about their current stories in ...
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The Power of Imitation
Imitation is a great strategy to begin playing with different styles, syntax, sentence length and ...
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