Whether you are working on draft material or devising a story in your mind, one element of great writing is cranking up the extraordinary to pack in information, meaning, and creativity.

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Words take on their full meaning in the context of sentences, paragraphs, and your entire story. It starts with the first line of your book, as each bit of information sets the stage for what follows.

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Many things can deter us from telling our story, and so often, the driving force is fear. But you’re the only one who has your story — you’re the only one who can write it. You can be a messenger of hope and help, and what if writing your book actually helps you heal yourself?

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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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Setting is the context in which a story or scene occurs and includes the time, place, and social environment. It is important to establish a setting in your story, so your readers can visualize and experience it.

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Reviewing your own writing from an editor's perspective can be a challenge, even for experienced writers. Here are a few strategies that can help you bring fresh eyes to your own written work.

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