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The Use of "Are" and "Was" and Vague Verbs

As a personal challenge to myself, while writing fiction–and essays for that matter–I try to avoid indistinct verbs–“are,” “is,” “was,” and the like. This arises from a variety of conversations we had in my writers group, when we would occasionally vilify vague verbs as part of the culprit in that most heinous crime: shaky prose. 363 more words

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Avoiding Floating Body Parts

One of my mentors in the Seton Hill University MA program for Writing Popular Fiction encouraged students to be cautious of Floating Body Parts (FBPs). What is a Floating Body Part? 521 more words

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When To Step Back

One of the toughest things to do in writing is to honestly evaluate your own work. Writing can be such an intensely personal endeavour that it can be difficult to adopt a relatively objective and balanced perspective of your own work. 576 more words

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When To Step Back

One of the toughest things to do in writing is to honestly evaluate your own work. Writing can be such an intensely personal endeavour that it can be difficult to adopt a relatively objective and balanced perspective of your own work. 576 more words

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The Verbosity of the Lamb: The Cyborg Anatomy of Stories

Kristen Lamb is an intelligent and eloquent writer and blogster. You can see her blog here.

She does this thing that many writers do, which is to describe the methods and means of storytelling and writing via metaphor. 429 more words

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PRO TIPS 4: tried and tested ways to improve your writing

If you get stuck at a crucial point in your story, here are four ways to try and get things moving again:

  • Try rewriting the stuck scene from the point of view of a completely different character;
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Anonymous Book Review 9: Brilliant but Sloppy

Ahhh…. The realms of computer programming and the occult. Two oceans of which I have seen but drops. A couple beers with a few Wickens at midnight and fancy a dalliance in mysterious ways. 764 more words

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