Category Archive for: ‘Writer Talk’

Populating the world

When creating a setting, it’s important for it to feel authentic. It doesn’t matter if it’s someplace in the real …

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The Case of the Troublesome Twist

What’s in a twist? In the simplest terms, the twist is what makes your story worth telling. It’s what turns …

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What’s in a Name?

How do you name your characters? If you’re writing romance, mystery, or other “normal world” stories, it’s probably not a …

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The Curse of the Curse

Many people utter them from time to time. Many people are offended by them, at least in theory. Many people …

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Where is the Wonder?

How much storytelling is actually unique? Often readers will notice, even before writers do, that certain stories are simply a …

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Feeling sorry for the felon

As writers, we have to relate at least on some level, with all of our characters. Even the detestable ones. …

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What is the Right Length for a Scene?

How do you know if a scene is too long or too short? What is the right length of a …

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When Art Imitates Life

Do you base your characters on people you know? More importantly, do people you know think that your characters are …

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Don’t let it control you

Lots of writers start writing in spite of (or maybe because of) processing through difficult things in their lives. Sometimes dealing …

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Style, preference, or rule

We writers can be a bit of an odd bunch; pondering on, even arguing about, things that nobody else ever …

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