When you compare the pace of the "substantial happenings" in your work to best-selling books, does yours hold up? Analyzing the structural language of a New York Times best seller can give you a whole new view of writing and how great stories are put together.

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Knowing writing rules doesn't guarantee you'll produce stellar written work, but aspirational rules can expand your horizons, and practical rules can improve your writing craft.

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In any great book, every connection functions perfectly, the margin for error is almost nil. The chain has to be perfected for your story to unfold in a satisfying way.

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Here are six things to consider that will help focus your thinking on your internal development as a writer. Take stock and contemplate yourself as a writer.

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We can distinguish our friends and family by voice, and we know when we hear a stranger’s voice. But what makes a distinctive voice in writing?

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As you develop as a writer and work to perfect your craft, what you're aiming to improve as you practice and progress is your written fluency.

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Each piece of writing you complete pushes you along a path. Even the drafts you throw away are stepping stones along your journey as a writer. Each step might be small, but it helps all the same.

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