The shared feature of all great writers is that they make a contribution, which makes it the most important thing on your "to do" list as a writer.

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Maybe there aren’t a million names for the different kinds of writers out there, but there are as many ways to write as there are people who write.

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Whether you're an old hand or a newbie who is serious about learning to write, the advice is the same: dig in and get that first book out of you.

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There’s a powerful engine in your book, it’s just a bit hard to find. It’s in every word, it drives plot and characters and everything else.

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Like a hub at the center of a wheel with spokes, the center of your book is a necessary architectural arrangement. It makes the story go 'round.

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In an important sense, unity in writing is an author’s core design principle. This is the starting point and end goal in writing.

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Two of the classic story shapes are "the fall" or "the rise." In these story arcs, the main character climbs to a peak of happiness, falls from one, or does a round-trip for maximum emotional impact.

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