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Develop Your Writing Through Sketches

"Writing sketches" are a way to shape ideas in a short time with minimum effort. Use sketches to capture creative bursts and find the path to finish a story and create a polished final draft.
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Building Worlds That Captivate Readers

World-building stories can transport readers and ignite imaginations — but crafting them is easier said than done. How do you create fresh new worlds that work for both you and your readers?
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Three Flavors Of Writer’s Block (And How To Beat Them)

I believe there are three strains of writer's block, and each calls for a different solution. But they all demand the same resolve: you must never give up.
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Story Editing: Create A Powerful Story

Editing a manuscript is a big undertaking, both intellectually and emotionally. It takes time and being thorough can be difficult, but the creative story editing process always pays off.
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Counterintuitive Advice On The Craft of Writing

You own all your artistic decisions, so let your heart guide you on your path as you embark on the craft of writing and take your own advice.
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Write Your First Draft Like A Movie Script

Spotlight the essentials of action and dialogue in your first draft, then add all the exposition and descriptive "book stuff" the next time around.
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Eternal and universal topics in writing

There are universal topics that fuel so many of the stories we love — from war and peace to abandonment and exile. How you manipulate and build on these sources is your creative contribution.

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