Power moments in your story set up life-changing events and propel your story forward. Writing great dialogue often depends on the subtext you create in setting up these moments.

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Whether it's politics or religion, economic issues or social ones, writing about controversial topics can be challenging — but often very important — work. These tips can help you stay focused and persuasive.

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One way to envelop your reader in a new world is to create (or appropriate) slang. Done clumsily, it can detract from your story, but Buffy and Firefly show how slang can add nuance to your story's universe.

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The list of favorite books on writing can be very different from one author to another. So where do you start? I've scoured 10 "top" lists to see which titles spanned the gamut. Here's what I found.

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Some of the boldest, most adventurous writing is happening on TV. In this ongoing series, we deliver writing lessons gleaned from our favorite shows airing in the golden age of television.

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A "hook" is a passage or bit of information that changes the stakes, pulls the reader along, and builds the trajectory of your narrative. Constructing a hook map can help ensure yours are serving your story.

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A self-edit should have you cutting what doesn't add to your written work. Strive for simple, effective construction of phrases to achieve a better final product.

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