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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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6 Comma Rules You Need to Know
It's finals week here which means that I've been reading essay after essay, marking comma ...
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How should you set yearly writing goals?
Can you hit your writing goals?[/caption] This is that time of year when everyone talks ...
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Spelling Matters
Why does spelling matter? If you spell correctly, readers take you seriously. If you don't ...
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POV part 6 – When Should you use 3rd Person Omniscient POV?
The omniscient narrator or POV is often referred to as a "God-like" narrator, one that ...
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POV Part 5 – What about Writing in 2nd Person?
Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for each of you who stop by, visit, and ...
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POV Part 4 – 4 Questions Before Choosing 3rd Person Limited
Third-person point of view (POV) is the most common POV used in contemporary fiction. Writers ...
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POV Part 3 – 6 Must Ask Questions Before Choosing 1st Person POV
When writing in first-person point of view, you use the pronouns "I" and "we." First-person ...
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POV Part 2 – Choosing your POV Exercise
Before starting to write any piece, it's important to consider the point of view, or ...
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POV part 1 – What is POV head hopping?
"Head hopping" happens when you inadvertently "lose" your point of view and hop from one ...
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It’s all About the Details
One of my favorite poets is William Carlos Williams. Through focusing on specific details in ...
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Fast=Slow and Slow=Fast
This past summer at the Ventana Sierra Writer's Conference, Lorin Oberwerger, a book editor, shared ...
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Isabel Allende’s Advice
Isabel Allende is one of my favorite authors. I started reading her work when I ...
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Finding YOUR Story
Have you, by any chance, read any novels lately that have a vampire or a ...
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Avoiding Adverbs
I’ve been to several writing conferences and read many books and articles on writing. One ...
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What makes you keep reading?
On July 9, Goodreads posted an infographic cataloging reader responses to a survey. It's a ...
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Craft Matters
I spent the last three days at the Ventana Sierra Advanced Writer's Workshop - wow! ...
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Rick Riordan’s Tips for Teen Writers
I especially like Rick Riordan's third tip. Which one is your favorite? Share it in ...
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What’s a Blog?
A blog is a relatively new genre of writing, and blogs are everywhere on the ...
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