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The Number One Enemy Of The Writer

Unclear thinking is most often about being lazy and not fully imagining your story. Write with clarity of purpose, and your writing comes alive.
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12 Authors Who Died in 2020

2020 took a heavy toll in so many ways, but the voices of these writers, poets, and authors will never be silent. We take a moment to pay tribute to 12 authors who died in 2020. May their voices continue to sing.
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing a short story

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box, the famous post-war American novelist Kurt Vonnegut listed these eight rules for writing short fiction. Check them out here!
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Writing Phone Conversations to Forward Your Plot and Draw Your Characters

When writing phone conversations, does your one-sided dialogue give insight into the character of one or both participants or the relationship between them? Is the conversation moving the plot forward?

Mind Mapping Can Help Organize Your Writing Process

Mind mapping is a technique for outlining information in diagrams using written text as well as lines, symbols, keywords, colors, and images.
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Getting — And Interpreting — A Reader’s “Thought Map” Of Your Book

Authors want to manipulate readers' thoughts — this is why we read, after all. We love getting swept away into new worlds, with new people and ideas. Getting a reader's thought map is a great way to hone this skill.
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Are You Breaking These Grammar Rules?

I enjoyed this infographic and agreeing/disagreeing with the rationale behind the green light to break these grammar rules. And ultimately, isn't language there to be twisted and abused?

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